This is a guest post by my 12 year old son Fred!

At school we were asked to adapt a basic bread recipe; our changes had to improve the sensory appeal, nutritional value and be suitable for a child’s packed lunch. So I decided to add pesto, cheese and ham, a bit like a ready-made sandwich.  It was so yummy that all my friends wanted to try it and I made it again today at home.  What do you think?

  • After making white bread dough I let it prove.
  • Once proved I rolled it out into a large square.
  • I then spread a thin layer of pesto over the dough.
  • Then I added ham and cheese.
  • I rolled it up and cut it into small swirls.
  • I placed on greased baking tray into small flowers of 7 swirls.
  • The bread was then baked for around 10-20 minutes till golden brown.

Here is the basic bread recipe that I adapted to make ‘Fred’s Bread’.

225g strong white flour

½ teaspoon salt

25g butter

75ml hand hot milk

75ml hand hot water

½ tsp sugar

1 teaspoon dried yeast

Combine the flour and salt and rub in the butter.

Mix the yeast and sugar into the water and milk. Make a well in the centre of the flour and add the liquid to it, mixing as you pour to form a dough.

Knead on a floured surface for about 5-10 mins.

Place the dough in a bowl and cover in cling film in a warm place until it doubles in size.

Knead again and divide the mixture into 4-6 balls on a greased baking sheet.  Sprinkle with flour and leave to rise once more for about 30 mins.

Bake in a very hot oven around 220 degrees for about 15 minutes.


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