Red Pepper, Thyme and Paprika Bread

"A savoury and colourful loaf."
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Ready In:
3hrs 30mins
1 loaf




  • In a bowl, sprinkle the yeast on the water and whisk.
  • Add 200g of the flour and stir until smooth.
  • Cover with oiled clingfilm and leave in a warm place for about an hour.
  • Mix the rest of the flour with the salt.
  • Roughly chop the thyme and mix with the pepper and paprika.
  • After an hour the yeast mix will have expanded rapidly with bubbles all over the surface.
  • Now, add the flour/salt mixture and the oil, adding water if necessary, until you have a sticky dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface and knead for a minute or so.
  • Flatten out the dough a bit, scatter the pepper mix over the top, fold the dough in half and knead until the flavourings are distributed throughout.
  • Shape into a ball and place in a warm oiled bowl, covered with oiled clingfilm and leave in a warm place to double in size.
  • This could take up to an hour and a half.
  • Preheat the oven to 210 degres C.
  • Once risen, do not knock back the dough.
  • Instead, carefully turn it on to a floured surface and shape into a rectangle about 2.
  • 5cm high, then lift on to a greased oven tray and leave for 15-20 minutes to rise again.
  • Bake at the top of the oven for 25 minutes, until crisp and golden.
  • It's ready when it's light to lift and sounds hollow when tapped on the base.
  • Cool on a wire rack.

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  1. This tasted delicious, but I had a lot of trouble incorporating the red peppers into the bread - I was really fighting the dough on the board. They wanted to bunch together. I shaped as directed, and you end up with a large, flat loaf. There were some areas where the red peppers "congregated". I think it's a bread to eat up pretty fast, as the peppers stay moist. Also, the bread stuck to the sheet, even though it was well oiled. A little hard to make sandwiches from it - I think I would use this next time as an accompaniment to soup or stew. Also, I am going to try sprinkling a little flour on the peppers, to see if that helps them incorporate a little more easily into the dough. Ate half the loaf before I knew it!


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