Prep 1 hr
Cook 5 hrs
for the bread
- 2 teaspoons dried yeast
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 300 -310 ml of lake warm water
- 250 g bread flour
- 250 g plain flour, and more
- flour, for dusting
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon basil (dried or fresh)
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 garlic clove
- salt and pepper
- lemon juice
- Dissolve the yeast and sugar in half of the water.
- On a large surface or large bowl, make a pile of the flours and salt with leave a well in the centre.
- Pour all the dissolved yeast mixture into the well and mix together the flour and water with a fork or fingers. Work from the centre and outward. Add the other half of the water when all the mixture gas soaked up. (more or less water could be used).
- Dust your hands and the surface with some flour. Kneading, rolling, pushing and folding for about 5mins.
- Push the dough into a round shape and dust it over with some extra flour. Put it in a large bowl and score the dough top with a knife.
- Cover with clingfirm, leave it to prove for about 40mins to one and a half hour. (Now it is very important to leave the dough in a warm area, I normally leave it under the sun light or I will bring it into the shower with me -- wherever is warm and moist.) When you see the dough has double its size then it is done.
- Now make the topping with a glove of garlic and a handful of basil ( I used tried Basil). Add together with about 3 tbsp or more of Olive oil, a pinch of salt and pepper and bit of lemon juice.
- After the dough has double its size then start kneading and punching for a min -- (just think of whoever you hate at that time).
- Split the dough in half, roll each dough to an oval shape about 1/2" thick. Place it on a flour dusted baking tray and smear the basil topping on both tops. Push fingers deeply into doughs to make holes, allowing the flavor to penetrate.
- Leave it to prove the second time for about 45mins or when it become around 3cm high.
- Gently place the baking tray in the middle of the oven ( I baked them one by one, or bake them all together if one single baking tray is big enough) I bake them for about 10mins with 240°C You will know when they turn golden brown.
- Give the bread a good drizzle of some E.V. Olive Oil right after they are out of the oven. Let it cool and enjoy.