I have a love hate relationship with bread. I really love it but I just can't eat that much. I feel bloated and so full afterwards, I usually regret eating so much of it. I even struggle to get through burger buns sometimes!!
Every now and then though I get massive cravings for it. I love nothing better than to make my own, I like to know what goes into my food. If I make a bread then, I usually eat a light meal with it, most of the time salad or soup. I am known for throwing anything and everything into a salad, so it makes it a complete balanced meal.
The only thing with making bread is you need to be patient, which I am not most of the time. I like to see the end product quick smart. Especially so I can sample it :)
With this dough I literally threw it together, no fancy kneading, or dough shaping, I was going for a rustic look anyway. I didn't even wait for the yeast to prove. I have been using Lowans instant yeast for ages now, and know that when the yeast is fresh it will activate, so I always skip the yeast proving and have never had a problem.
Makes 2 loaves, about 30cm each.
4 cups plain flour
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 cup warm water
1 flat tablespoon dry yeast
Throw all these ingredients into a mixmaster with a dough hook, and beat until it comes together into a smoothish ball, adding more flour or warm water if needed.
Add these ingredients next:
100 grams goats feta cut into chunks
20 black olives, pitted and roughly chopped
1 sprig rosemary, chopped fine
Let the dough rise for about 1 hour, or longer if you wish.
Take the dough out, cut in half, and gently shape onto a lightly floured baking tray. Leave to rise for another hour. Then bake in a hot oven 230C for 25 minutes. Let it sit on a wire rack so the bottom doesn't go soggy.
Lovely served warm, with a huge salad or soup ;)
We had it with pork and roasted pear salad, so good! The pears were so sweet!