Pizza Twist Bread
Cheese, sundried tomatoes and oregano twisted inside a pretty bread.
Yield: 1 round loaf
- 1 cup water
- 1 large egg
- 2¼ teaspoons (1 package) Red Star active dry yeast
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- ½ cup (3 ounces) semolina flour
- 3 cups (13½ ounces) bread flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 ounces sundried tomatoes (the ones in a bag, like dried plums), chopped*
- 6 ounces shredded cheese**
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- Recipe created by Cookistry.
- Combine the water, egg, sugar, flours, salt, and olive oil the the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the dough hook. Knead until the dough is smooth and elastic.
- No stand mixer? Just mix in a bowl until combined, then finish kneading by hand.
- Add the sundried tomatoes and knead just until they are evenly distributed in the dough.
- Cover the bowl and set aside to rise until the dough has doubled in size, about an hour.
- Flour your work surface lightly and turn out the dough. Divide in half. Form the first half into a ball, then flatten to form a disk about 10 inches in diameter. You can use a rolling pin, or just stretch and pat and pull it into shape. Try for an even thickness.
- Sprinkle the cheese on top of the dough, leaving about an inch around the edge uncovered. Sprinkle the oregano on top of the cheese.
- Form the second piece of dough into a disk just like you did with the first piece, and lay that on top of the cheese-covered dough. Pinch all around the edges to seal. Press down on the dough to encourage the cheese to adhere to the dough.
- Transfer this to the center of a piece of parchment paper. Use your hands to shape it into an even circle.
- Place a small ramekin or small drinking glass in the center of the dough. This will serve as your stopping point when you begin cutting the dough. Make four cuts in the dough as though you were cutting an X in the dough if the ramekin wasn't there. Cut all the way through the dough.
- Now, make four more cuts, centered between the first ones you made. You should now have eight fat strips of dough.
- Make eight more cuts centered between the ones you already made.
- Now comes the fun part. Take one of the strips and twist it one full turn. Don't pull, just twist. Take the next strip and twist it one full turn in the opposite direction. Continue all around the circle, twisting right and left, alternately, until you have twisted all the dough strips.
- Slide the parchment onto a baking sheet and use your hands to even up the circle. Make sure you've got at least an inch of space between the dough and the sides of the baking sheet.
- Cover the baking sheet and let the dough rise until doubled, about 30 minutes. If you have a second baking sheet of the same size, you can flip that upside-down and use that as the cover.
- While the dough is rising, heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- When the dough has risen, bake at 350 degrees F until it's nicely browned and the exposed cheese is melted.
- Remove from the oven and let it cool on a rack for a short while - that cheese is molten hot.