Summer and a cheese, mint and nut swirled bread

by Sunita on July 27, 2009

The kids’ summer holidays are going on in full swing. The laughter, the loud voices, the hurried footsteps , and of course, the the clutter and the squabbles- the kids are definitely around!! It’s been raining on and off, but we’ve had days out and gone on long drives,

have hit the swimming pool, have lazed around, enjoyed the clear blue sky in between showers,

watched the busy insects on the flowers,

had ladybirds crawling on hands.

In the midst of all this, I also baked a spicy cheese, mint, and nut swirled bread.

The mint came from our tiny patch in the garden. This bread is perfect for a breakfast/ with some soup / or also for a picnic. I rolled out the dough, and spread a spicy mint mixture topped with some matured cheddar cheese.

What’s needed-

For the dough-

3/4 C warm milk
2/3 C + 1/2C + 3/8 C of whole wheat flour ( atta)
1/2 tsp sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp fast action dried yeast
1 tblsp extra virgin olive oil

For the spread-
2 onions, peeled and chopped
10 cloves of garlic, peeled and halved
1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
leaves from 2 sprigs of mint
2 tblsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp tomato puree
1 tsp crushed red chillies
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin powder

200 gms of matured cheddar cheese
1/4 C chopped cashew nuts

How to-

  1. Make the dough- Mix together the 2/3 C flour, yeast, sugar and salt.
  2. In another  bowl, place the milk and add the above mixture. Use a wooden spoon to mix. Gradually add the rest of the flour and mix. The fingertips can be used at this stage. Keep mixing till everything just comes together. Transfer to a lightly floured board and knead for a couple of minutes. Add the tblsp of extra virgin olive oil and knead it into the dough. Keep kneading till you get a smooth but relatively soft ball of dough. use lightly floured hands if you find the ough too sticky.
  3. Transfer the ball of dough to a clean and oiled bowl. Cover the bowl with an oiled plastic wrap and leave to rise, preferably in a warm place till doubled in volume ( about an hour).
  4. Make the spread- Make a paste of the onions, garlic, ginger and mint leaves.
  5. Heat the oil and add the spice paste. Add the rest of the ingredients for the spread and stir till the moisture evaporates and the mixture is dry and lumpy.
  6. Keep aside to cool completely.
  7. Punch back the risen dough and knead for a couple of minutes. Shape into a ball, flatten and place on a lightly floured board. Roll out the dough into a rectangle of about 10 inches  by 13 inches.
  8. Line a baking pan with foil and lightly grease it.
  9. Spread the cooled mint mixture onto the rolled out dough, leaving amargin of an inch on all sides. Sprinkle the nuts all over and follow with a sprinkling of 3/4 of the grated cheese.
  10. Starting from the longer end, start to make a roll, keeping the seam side dowm when it’s done. Very carefully, transfer the rol to the prepared pan. Bring together the ends of the roll and pinch them together to seal. make insicions on the dough, half way down. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top. Cover the pan with an oiled plastic wrap and let it sit for another 30-40 minutes or till the dough has doubled in volume.
  11. Pre heat the oven at 220 deg C.
  12. Place the pan in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for about 10 minutes or till the cheese on top melts and the top is nucely browned. Place a piece of foil lightly on top  ( pale side down to prevent over browning) and  bake for another 30 minutes.
  13. Remove the pan from the oven and take away the foil on top. Lift iup the bread with the help of the foil at the bottom of the pan and transfer to a rack. After a couple of minutes, peel away the foil and cool completely on the rack, if eating later. Otherwise just cut into wedges and serve for breakfast or with some soup for a filling meal.

The aromas that emanate from the ovrn as the bread bakes is heavenly. I had bakedthe bread at night and we had it for breakfast the next morning. I reheated the slices for a few seconds in the microwave. You can also do this by wrapping the bread in some foil and placing  in a pre heated oven.

This is a very filling bread, and we loved the combination of flavours.

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lubna Karim July 27, 2009 at 12:06 pm

Oh wow…….that’s an awesome way to spend the day……..bread looks delectable….


2 Sunita July 29, 2009 at 9:12 pm

Thanks Lubna :-)


3 Rosa July 27, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Thanks for the beautiful picturês! That bread looks ever so scrumptious!




4 Sunita July 29, 2009 at 9:12 pm

You’re welcome Rosa :-)


5 Soma July 27, 2009 at 8:59 pm

Ginger, garlic, mint & pepper sounds really good!! Beautiful looking bread.


6 Sunita July 29, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Thanks Soma, we did love the flavours :-)


7 Hélène July 28, 2009 at 4:53 am

You are sharing beautiful pics with us. And that bread looks yummy.


8 Sunita July 29, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Thanks Helene :-)


9 priya July 28, 2009 at 4:57 am

wow…..thats a really wonderful recipe…..and i have all the ingredients in my kitchen calling out to me to make the bread……one question though…….are there 4 measurements for the flour or is it just a typing error……


10 Sunita July 29, 2009 at 9:17 pm

Thanks Priya. Sorry for the error, it was a typo indeed :-) I have corrected it now. Hope you give the bread a try :-)


11 Nirmala July 28, 2009 at 5:00 am

Sunita, the swirl bread looks very artistic! Yes definitely would be filling with the mint and cheese! Lovely combo!


12 Sunita July 29, 2009 at 9:17 pm

Thanks Nirmala, we did love the combo indeed :-)


13 Sharmila July 28, 2009 at 9:43 am

What a beautiful looking bread Sunita! And sounds so flavourful and aromatic! :-)


14 Sunita July 29, 2009 at 9:18 pm

Thank you Sharmila :-)


15 Bong Mom July 28, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Cute cute ladybug. Isn’t summer gorgeous. Hope everything else is ok too


16 Sunita July 29, 2009 at 9:18 pm

Yes, summer is gorgeous! Yes, things are looking up a bit :-)


17 Miri July 29, 2009 at 4:25 am

What a beautiful outing! and a bread to match!


18 Sunita July 29, 2009 at 9:19 pm

Thanks Miri :-)


19 Gloria July 29, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Sunita absolutely nice pictures, I love ladybugs and the lovely skies so beauty!! and really love the bread look amazing,xGloria


20 Sunita July 29, 2009 at 9:19 pm

Thank you Gloria :-)


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