Wow! That’s great! Sooo beautiful! Look at this shape! I love the way she decorated this cake! Did she use the butter? Eggs? How many? Have a try?
These are samples of dialogues between the Great Mother and me when we look at the amazing pics of some foodblogger we follow on Facebook or Instagram.
This time we were struck by a pull-apart bread by ana_mariazap (you can find her on the IG and if you have the chance take a look at her stuff, it’s gorgeous!).
Here’s what we did, following more or less her directions. For the dough you need:
400 g all purpose flour
15 g active dry yeast
150 g grated parmesan cheese (or any other cheese you like most)
2 large eggs
2 tsp sugar
25 g evoo (in the original recipe butter is used instead of evoo, in such a case you need 2 tbs unsalted butter, softened)
¾ tsp salt
2 cups warm water
¾ cup finely chopped soft herbs, such as parsley, tarragon, oregano and thyme.
We are used to knead by hand but if you have a mixer, don’t be shy. Use it.
In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of water, sugar, yeast and 100 g of flour and allow to sit for 30 minutes. Then, add salt, evoo (or butter), the rest of flour, eggs and half cheese. Mix and turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Keep kneading until well combined and a soft and pliable dough is formed. Use the rest of the water if you realize the dough is too tick. Let the dough rise in a warm place until it doubles in size.
When ready, roll out the dough into a 12 inch x 20 inch rectangle and brush it with some water. Then season with salt and sprinkle the herbs and the cheese over the rectangle.
Cut the dough into 6 strips and each strip into 3 rectangles. Using a spatula, stack the rectangles on top of each other and place them side up in a greased loaf pan.
Press each folded rectangle into the pan until it’s full. Then cover it loosely with plastic wrap and let it rise for about 30 minutes.
Bake in a 350° F preheated oven for 35 minutes, until it’s golden brown all over.
Remove from the oven and let cool before serving.
If you want to see the recipe step by step, follow this link and enjoy!