Everybody knows that late spring, wild garlic smell. It makes my mouth water and this year, settled in my new London home, I couldn’t wait to cook with it! Baking bread is one of my favourite past times. It’s a test of patience and wonderfully satisfying to see something change from humble, cheap ingredients into something universally adored.
If you prefer a neat spiral pattern to your bread, you can roll it up tightly and refrigerate for 30 minutes before slicing with a very sharp knife but I like the rustic marbled effect of loosely rolling the dough and hand stretching the rolls.
200g wild garlic
Handful fresh parsley
About 100ml quality EVO
Maldon salt to taste
100g cashews, toasted
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
Add all ingredients to a blender, reserving the olive oil and blend.
Slowly add the oil to loosen the mix until combined.
Jar and keep in the fridge for up to a week or use straight away!
250ml warm water
200g strong flour
1 1/2 tsp caster sugar
1/2 tsp Maldon salt
7g quick yeast
1/2 tbsp olive oil
Mix together the water, yeast, sugar and oil gently until combined.
Meanwhile, pour the flour into a large bowl and the salt around the edge.
Make a well in the flour and slowly add the liquid, folding the flour in gradually. You should fold in the salted edges last to form a runny dough.
Cling film and leave to prove for 40 minutes until doubled in size. I put in the oven with just the light on for heat.
On a well floured surface, turn out the dough and knead for 5-6 minutes, adding more flour if too sticky.
Roll into a rectangle, about 1cm thick and spread on a generous layer of pesto.
Starting from one side, roll the rectangle into what looks like a Swiss roll.
Slice into 1″ thick pieces using a very sharp knife and arrange onto a baking tray.
Cover loosely with a clean tea towel and leave for a further 15 minutes. At this point you can preheat the oven to 220 degrees c.
Bake at 220 for 4 minutes, then turn the oven down to 200 and cook for a further 15 minutes.
Cool and serve, soup is a perfect accompaniment!