Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Bread

How To Make Bread Rolls

In the recipe I make these irregular shaped sun-dried tomato and basil rolls. 

I make these all the time on the yacht. They freeze well, defrost well and can be heated gently in the microwave or in the oven. What follows is a method of sorts...... more of a feeling really. You've got to find your way with bread, so be prepared for a fair amount of trial and error. It may get frustrating, but the satisfaction of baking your own bread is a serious one.

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Rolls or Loaf

This recipe works for both.

 I am using  MARRIAGES STRONG FLOUR . Very good indeed.

I am using MARRIAGES STRONG FLOUR. Very good indeed.

Ingredients

500g Strong Bread Flour - I use Marriages Flour, extremely good quality.
300g Warm Water
12g Yeast - Fresh or Dry
3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
150g Sun-Dried Tomatoes
1 Bunch Basil

Pre-heat your oven to 220C or 430F 

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Yeast

Fresh or Dry

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Chop

The tomatoes and add to the flour, yeast and salt

Add the warm water to the above in your bowl.

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Mix

In machine or by hand for 10 minutes.

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Dust

Your work surface with flour and roll the dough in a ball.

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Work

The dough.

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Work

It some more.

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Place

In a large bowl and let it proof for 1 hour.

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Risen

Doubled in size.

I don't do the usual kneading. I just shape and cut after second proof.

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Place

On floured surface, flour bread, cut into shapes.

Transfer

Onto a lightly floured or grease tray. Cover and proof for 30 minutes.

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Doubled

In size, ready for baking.

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Bake

12 minutes

If you can, try and spray the bread/rolls with water just before they go in the oven. It will give you  bread with a better crust.

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Cool

Serve same day

I have links in the recipe to the flour I use. Just in case you want to buy it.......