Blog > How to Make (And Shape) Twisted Savory Pesto Bread Find A Store How to Make (And Shape) Twisted Savory Pesto Bread This twisted savory pesto swirl bread is made with Gesine Prado’s homemade Simple White Bread dough. It’s the perfect side to your favorite Italian dish or serve as an appetizer on Game Day or at your next gathering. Follow the instructions below to learn how to twist the bread dough and view the full printable recipe. This irresistible, flavorful bread is always a crowd-pleaser! Step 1) Make the dough For more information, see our Simple White Bread for Beginners blog for step-by-step dough making instructions. You can watch the video tutorial below. Scroll down for the full printable recipe. Step 2) Shape the twist bread Once you’ve made the dough, roll the dough into a 12×20-inch rectangle. Spread the pesto evenly onto the dough. Starting at a longer side, roll the dough tightly, pinching edges to seal seam. Place seam side down and, using a sharp serrated knife, cut the dough in half lengthwise. Twist the dough pieces, keeping the cut sides up and carefully transfer to a parchment-lined sheet pan. Shape the dough into an “S.” Cover loosely with plastic wrap and allow to proof until doubled in size, about 1 hour. TIP: Fill this breaded loaf with many other delicious flavor combinations. From cheesy and savory to ooey gooey and sweet, let your imagination and tastebuds explore! Twisted Savory Pesto Bread This savory swirl bread is made with Gesine Prado’s Simple White Bread Dough. It’s the perfect side to your favorite Italian dish, or serve as an appetizer on Game Day or at your next gathering. Yield 1 loaf Print Recipe Pin Recipe 0 Reviews IngredientsDough2 cups (454g) lukewarm water (100°F)2 tablespoons (25g) extra virgin olive oil2 teaspoons (12g) fine sea salt1 tablespoon (10g) granulated sugar5 cups (600g) bread flour1 (0.25oz) package (7g) or 2 1/4 teaspoons Platinum YeastPesto2 cups (50g) basil, packed2 cloves garlic1/2 cup (50g) finely grated Parmesan2 to 3 tablespoons (18 to 27g) olive oilEgg Wash1 tablespoon water1 large (50g) egg InstructionsIn a large mixing bowl, add the water, olive oil, salt and sugar.Add the flour to separate bowl and then the yeast. Stir/whisk to combine. Add to the water mixture.Using a wooden spoon or a Danish dough whisk, stir until most of the flour is absorbed into the dough. Turn the dough over with your hands in the bowl a few times to work in the rest of the flour. The dough will look very shaggy. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Set aside a small bowl of flour (‘bench flour’) to use during kneading as needed.Knead the dough by gently flattening the dough into a rough 8×11-inch rectangle. Grab the top half and fold over, folding the dough in half. Use your palm to push dough forward, "sealing" the dough at the fold seam. Turn the dough 90 degrees and fold, seal and turn again. Knead for 10-12 minutes, or until the dough is shiny and smooth and stays put when shaped into a taut ball. Another way to test if the dough is kneaded enough is to poke it with your index finger, and if the dough springs back it is ready. (See notes for stand mixer directions.)Place the dough into an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to double in size in a warm place, about an hour.Prepare pesto: In a food processor, combine all ingredients and process until smooth. (Note: you can also use store-bought pesto.)Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough into a 12×20-inch rectangle. Spread the pesto evenly onto the dough. Starting at a longer side, roll the dough tightly, pinching edges to seal seam. Place seam side down and, using a sharp serrated knife, cut the dough in half lengthwise. Twist the dough pieces, keeping the cut sides up and carefully transfer to a parchment-lined sheet pan. Shape the dough into an “S.” Cover loosely with plastic wrap and allow to proof until doubled in size, about 1 hour.Preheat oven to 350°F.Make the egg wash: whisk water and egg together. Brush the dough with egg wash and bake for 45 – 50 minutes or until golden brown and the internal temperature of the bread reads about 200ºF. Cool loaf on wire rack. NotesStand mixer directions: Add water, olive oil, salt, and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook. Add the flour and yeast. Mix on medium-low speed until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl, is shiny, and a small piece of dough, stretched thin, does not tear, about 7 to 10 minutes. Continue with step 6. Recipe was developed using King Arthur bread flour. Adjustments in the amount of flour and kneading/rise times may be needed if using other flour brands. Recipe by Gesine Prado. Did you make this recipe? We want to see it! Tag @redstaryeast and use hashtag #redstaryeast – Gesine’s Simple White Bread – One simple dough, 4 ways View Simple White Bread Recipe View Braided Cinnamon Knots Recipe View Family Size Woven Bread Recipe View Gesine’s Favorite Breakfast Sandwich recipe Gesine Prado is a self-taught baker, teacher and author. Visit Gesine’s website for more of her delicious recipes.