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Mediterranean Bread

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Makes:1 loaf
Freezing:excellent

Try this rich and savoury blend of sun dried tomatoes, fresh basil, black olives and parmesan cheese. It’s an easy way to enjoy the flavours of the Mediterranean without leaving your kitchen!

Ingredients

Dough

1 tsp 5 mL sugar
1/4 cup 50 mL water, warm
1 pkg 8 g (2 1/4 tsp/11 mL) active dry yeast
1/2 cup 125 mL milk, warm
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup 50 mL granulated sugar
1/4 cup 50 mL Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp 2 mL salt
3 tbsp 45 mL butter, softened
3 1/4 cups 800 mL Robin Hood® Best For Bread Homestyle White Flour

Filling

1/2 cup 125 mL oil packed sun dried tomatoes, chopped
1/3 cup 75 mL pitted kalamata olives, chopped  and pitted
2 tbsp 30 mL fresh chopped basil leaf

Directions

  1. Dough: Dissolve 1 tsp (5 mL) sugar in warm water in large bowl. Sprinkle in yeast. Let stand 10 minutes, then stir well.
  2. Add next 6 ingredients and 1 cup (250 mL) flour. Beat at low speed of electric mixer until blended then at medium speed for 2 minutes. Gradually stir in remaining flour, using enough flour to make a soft non-sticky dough. Turn out on floured board. Round up into a ball.
  3. Knead dough, adding more flour as necessary, until dough is smooth, elastic and no longer sticky (about 10 minutes).
  4. Palce in lightly greased bowl. Turn dough to grease top. Cover with greased waxed paper and tea towel.
  5. Let Rise in warm place, (75°- 85°F/24°- 29°C) until doubled (45 to 60 minutes).
  6. Punch Down. Turn out onto floured board. Roll out to a 9" x 12" (23 cm x 30 cm) rectangle.
  7. Filling: Combine filling ingredients and spread evenly over dough leaving a 1" (2.5 cm) border all around. Roll up tightly jelly-roll fashion starting from short end. Pinch seam to seal. Place seam-side down in greased 9" x 5" x 3" (2 L) loaf pan. Cover with tea towel.
  8. Rise in warm place until doubled (50 to 60 minutes).
  9. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C)
  10. Bake on lower rack of preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden. Cool 5 minutes then remove from pan and cool on wire rack.

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