Saturday, January 1, 2011

Ricotta and spinach bread



I believe that if you can make bread you are almost like Jesus! 
This is a pretty simple bread that requires only an hour rise. Spectacular! You don't have to use ricotta and spinach if you don't want to, but ricotta is a good cheese to use because it doesn't melt, preventing the cheese from escaping when baked.

Ingredients:
dough
1 tbsp dry east 
1/2 cup warm milk 
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tbsp butter
1 egg
filling:
2 cups ricotta cheese
1 minced garlic clove 
1 shallot finely chopped
3 cups spinach
4 tbs olive oil
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 egg yolk dissolved with 1 tsp water to brush

Directions:
Preheat your oven at 375f. 
In a bowl mix yeast with warm milk. Slowly incorporate the rest of the ingredients for the dough. With your hands knead the dough until it doesn't stick to your hands anymore.Place it in a bowl, cover with a clean dishcloth and let it rise for 1 hr at room temperature.
Start preparing your filling. In a saucepan over medium heat place olive oil. When it starts to smoke add garlic and shallots, quickly saute, add spinach until it wilts.Turn off the heat, season it with salt and pepper and let it cool. Mix in ricotta cheese. 
1.Open your dough in a rectangular shape. Save a little piece of the dough to decorate at the end 2.Place your filling on the center of the dough leaving room on the edges 3.Fold about 1.5in of the sides in the filling 4.Fold the top half of the dough over filling  5.Fold the lower half of the dough over filling 6.Place your bread in a oiled pan, make dots with the dough you saved previously (with a little help of a pen lid) Glue it one by one on the surface of your bread by brushing  the dots with water. Brush the bread with the egg yolk mixture and bake it for about 20min until it turns golden brown on top.

No bakery today. You just made your own bread!

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  2. Hello from the Nethetlands!
    I'll be making this this today, thanks a lot for the idea - it's awesome and pretty. :)

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    I want to do very soon this bread with ricotta and spinach! Looks amazing! I remember this bread from a wonderful bakery in Caracas and the put some nuts or pinones... I don't know the name in English.
    By the way... I love the "dot" decoration!

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