There is no better feeling than waking up to the mesmerizing scent of freshly baked bread, is there? Well, since kneading dough is not the first thing in the morning that gets me excited, since I wake up hungry and I don’t even want to think about waiting for dough to rise and bake. But I have been into the bread game for a couple of weeks, making two loafs a week all due to the great invention called a bread machine. All you need to do is add water, a ready-made bread mix or your own recipe, select a menu, set the timer and you will be waking up to a delicious loaf of bread. Since I have been experimenting with this machine lately, I had good results making an Italian loaf, which goes great with this olive pesto. Serve this bread as a starter with cold cuts or as an addition to a nice pasta dinner. It won’t disappoint! And if you don’t have a bread machine or prefer making dough by hand, follow the same list of ingredients, but follow the instructions of normal bread, add extra ingredients and leave it to rise for 30 minutes before you put it in a loaf tin and bake at 375° for 45 minutes or until loaf sounds hollow when tapped.
List of Ingredients for Homemade Bread:
- 500 grams (organic) Bread mix
- 2 Tbsp dried Italian herbs
- 125 grams ground Pecorino or Parmesan cheese
How to Make:
Follow instructions for use of the bread machine and add the herbs and cheese after the first kneading cycle. It’s a great recipe to use up leftover hard types of cheese!
List of Ingredients for Olive Pesto:
- 150 grams Green Olives
- Bunch of fresh Basil
- 1 cloves of Garlic
- 50 grams Pecorino
- 2 pieces of Anchovies
- 75 ml Olive oil
- Black Pepper to taste
How to Make:
Blend all ingredients with the first half of the amount of olive oil, when everything is mixed, add the rest of the olive oil until the right consistency of the pesto is reached. Keep the pesto in a clean mason jar and make sure to have the pesto covered in olive oil.