I bake a lot of my own bread and think that it might be what I enjoy baking the most, but I am quite fussy about what I make, I don’t tend to make much in the way of plain loaves of bread, when I bake I want it to be interesting and flavourful.
Well this bread is most definitely flavourful, soft white bread is layered with multiple layers of pesto meaning that every bite is full of flavour. It looks impressive and complicated but is actually very simple to make.
The bread dough is rolled out into a rectangle and spread with pesto, you then roll it up like a swiss roll, cut it in half lengthways and twist the two halves together with the cut edges facing up (this is what makes the lovely pattern), then you make the twist into a wreath shape and you’re done! All of the thin cut edges go golden brown and crispy in the oven, while the inside of the loaf is lovely and soft. It also pulls apart easily which makes it great for ripping bits off to dunk in soup, which is how I like to serve it, but it would also be great as part of a picnic or buffet.
This is a great method of making an impressive looking loaf of bread and you can use whatever you like for the filling. I make this bread a lot and have tried substituting red pesto for the green and also replacing the pesto with Boursin cheese which was delicious! If you wanted to make cheesy pesto bread you could grate some parmesan over the pesto before you roll the dough up.
I’m sharing this bread at Fiesta Friday this week!