Of Savoury Crusts and Crumbs

Of Savoury Crusts and Crumbs

There are many reasons why we love baking yeasted goodies with the We knead to bake group and this loaf brings all of them to life.  It is baked in the graceful and regal ring-shaped Kugelhopf pan that comes from Europe and is usually reserved for lightly sweetened cake-y breads laced with raisins and nuts. Crowned with chopped walnuts that sink into a dough made rich with eggs and salted yellow butter, our savoury edition emerged from the oven with a golden crust, stippled with bits of caramelised onions and peppers, a soft and airy crumb and bursts of cheesy Italian flavours in every delicious bite.

Of Savoury Crusts and Crumbs
Savoury Kugelhopf with Italian Flavours
Of Savoury Crusts and CrumbsThere are many reasons why we love baking yeasted goodies with the We knead to bake group and this loaf brings all of them to life. It is baked in the graceful and regal ring-shaped Kugelhopf pan that comes from Europe and is usually reserved for lightly sweetened cake-y breads laced with raisins an...

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    Ingredients

    Active dry yeast
    2 tsp
    Warm milk
    3/4 cup
    Sugar
    1 tsp
    All-purpose flour
    3 cups
    Salt
    1 tsp
    Salted butter, at room temperature
    75gm
    Eggs, beaten lightly
    2
    Oil
    2 tsp
    Chopped green bell peppers
    1/3 cup
    Deseeded, pulp-free chopped tomatoes
    1/3 cup
    Finely chopped onions
    1 cup
    Diced gouda or cheddar cheese
    ½ cup
    Coarsely chopped walnuts, lightly roasted
    1/3 cup
    Crushed red pepper
    1 tsp
    Dried thyme
    1 tsp
    Dried basil
    1 tsp
    Dried oregano
    ½ tsp

    Steps

    1. Soak the yeast in the warm milk along with the sugar for 5 minutes.
    2. To make the dough using a food processor - Put the flour, milk+yeast and salt in the bowl of the processor. Pulse a couple of times to mix. The add the butter, a little at a time, and process till incorporated.
    3. Add the warm milk and process briefly. Now add the eggs and process till mixed. The dough will be soft and sticky. Knead some more, adding more flour, a little at a time and just enough till the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Do not add more flour than necessary. You can also knead by hand or use a stand mixer or bread machine.
    4. Place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover and let it rise until doubled, about an hour.
    5. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan. Add the onions and fry until golden. Add the chopped green bell pepper and tomato, saute briefly, then remove from heat and set aside.
    6. Grease an 8” kugelhopf mould or bundt pan well or use a large loaf tin. Scatter some of the chopped walnuts in the bottom of the mould. If you’re using a loaf tin or brioche moulds, then press in the walnuts on top of the dough after the second rise, just before baking.
    7. Once the dough has risen, gently punch it down. Then work the cheese, stir-fried vegetables, the remaining walnuts, chillies and herbs into the dough. The best way to do this is to flatten the dough out and spread the flavouring elements all over the surface, fold the dough over and then knead it. The dough will be a fairly sticky, so use a bench scraper to help knead.
    8. Roll the dough into a log and place it in the mould in a circular fashion and pinch the two ends together to close the “circle” of dough. Cover and let the dough rise for about an hour or so, until it reaches the edge/ rim of the mould.
    9. Meanwhile pre-heat oven to 200°C (400°F). Bake the Kugelhopf for about 35 to 40 minutes until the top is golden brown and the inside temperature reaches 80°C (190°F).
    10. Unmould the Kugelhopf onto a cooling rack and let it cool completely before slicing.
    Of Savoury Crusts and Crumbs
    Serve the savoury bread or cake with a cup of soup or a bowl of stew and save the leftovers to toast for breakfast.
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