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Thursday, 16 October 2008

L is for leopard bread – World Bread Day ‘08



Zorra @ Kochtopf is hosting the 3rd World Bread Day today, on October 16th ’08. The original World Bread Day - an event created by UIB International Union of Bakers and Bakers-Confectioners - wants to provide an opportunity to talk about bread and bakers, to find out about their history, their importance as well as their future.


This has been a great opportunity to try something new in the bread department to bake! I decided to bake leopard bread and what inspired me to this loaf is it distinctive crust with spots akin to a leopard pattern. The unique crust is achieved by mixing olive oil and semolina together and applying this on the crust before proving. Delicious tasting bread with a lovely soft texture and a slight crusty outside.


Leopard Bread Spots

Leopard Bread

Ingredients
500g (1 lb 2 oz) strong plain white bread flour
7g sachet fast-action dried yeast
1 level tsp salt
4 tbsp olive oil
4 tbsp semolina

You will need a baking sheet lightly greased

Method

Tip the flour into a bowl and stir in the yeast and salt. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to 300ml of tepid water in a jug, and then add to the four and mix to form a soft dough.

Turn the dough out on to a lightly floured work surface and knead it for 5 -8 minutes or in a kitchen mixer with a dough hook until it’s smooth and elastic. Shape the dough into an oval with your hands on a floured work surface and place on a greased baking tray.

Mix the remaining olive oil with the semolina to a thick paste in a jug. Spread this over the top and sides of the loaf with a small palette knife. Cover the loaf with a clean tea towel, and leave in a warm place to prove for 40 -60 minutes or until doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to 220°C/fan200°C/425°F/Gas mark 7.

Bake the loaf in the centre of the preheated oven for 20 – 25 minutes or until lightly golden and sounds hollow when tapped on the underneath. Remove the loaf from the oven and slide onto a wire a rack to cool.

Serve sliced with butter – eat and enjoy :)

38 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A great bread! I love it's pretty crust!

Cheers and happy WBD,

Rosa

Deborah said...

I have never seen or heard of this bread before - how fun! It looks great and I bet it tasted great as well!

Maria said...

The crust really is leopard like ... tasty and trendy!

Rachel said...

Wow the spots are so clear on the crust...

J.Danger said...

Leopard bread- that is so neat! I think that the kids will dig this because of the crust. I bet if they used food coloring on the crust they could make their own leopards!

Thank for the weekend project Rosie!

Happy cook said...

Beautiful bread. They have such a nice design.

Divya Vikram said...

Lovely crust!just perfect Rosie..

Sylvie said...

What a wonderful looking loaf, Rosie. I'm a real bread lover. I eat it far too often, but it just tastes so good and is so satisfying.

Gloria said...

Rosie, this bread look wonderful and tasty!! xxGloria

Katie said...

That crust is great - what a clever idea

Maria said...

Wow, love how different this bread is. Great job Rosie, now pass us a slice with butter ;o)

Maria
x

The Blonde Duck said...

That is so cool! You know I need a good bread that matches my leopard print blog!

Caty said...

Ooh, I didn't know it was world bread day (bit of a shame as I take any excuse I can to bake bread). Your bread's leopard spots look fantastic and the texture of the bread looks perfect, nice and light.

farida said...

Beautiful bread! So nice of you to share the recipe with us! I am keeping it to try one day!

Coby said...

One of the local chain bread shops here makes 'tiger bread' and I always wondered how. Thanks for taking the mystery out of it for me Rosie:) I like yours much more than theirs;) Happy WBD! Maybe next year I'll join in:)

sowmya said...

beautiful bread..nice leopardy spots..

Chocolate Shavings said...

That bread looks beautifully cooked - great job!

Dee said...

Oh your bread looks so pretty. I love the crust! What a lovely entry, Rosie.

nicisme said...

Great entry - the bread looks so soft inside.

Maria said...

Homemade bread is the best! I will have to try this recipe out!

Yasmeen said...

WOW !that bread has crispy crusty texture with semolina

Prudy said...

How gorgeous! I bake bread weekly and I'd love to try your recipe.

farida said...

Rosie, guess what? I just made your leopard bread!!! It turned out so good. My family loved it! It looked exactly like yours. Unfortunately I didn't have time to take pics this time, but I am going to bake this bread over and over again, and I will definitely take pics and post the recipe on my blog referring to you! What a great recipe! My 5 year old daughter who is not the greatest eater, ate almost half a loaf and asked for more:) My mother-in-low asked for the recipe:))))) THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

*Priscilla* said...

neat bread with the lepoard prints!! looks yummo!

Cakelaw said...

Oooh, lovely - have always wondered how they get the crust like that, and now I know. they call it "tiger loaf" here.

zorra said...

Grrr, what a good-looking bread!

Thx for your participation in WBD'08.

Emily Rose said...

looks great Rosie! What an interesting texture on the outside!

Passionate About Baking said...

What a stunning crust Rosie...I LOVE the bread. Great entry. Another on my bookmarked list! YUM!!

Donna said...

Hi Sweetie! Think I'll try this!! Happy day!hughugs

Emiline said...

I love the look of the leopard bread! So spotty and delicious-looking.

David Hall said...

Aha! So that is why it looks like that. Very clever Rosie.

Cheers
David x

Aparna said...

Its come out beautiful. I love the crunch of this bread. I made this too but used rice flour for the crunch.

The Caked Crusader said...

Your bread came out really well - I can fully understand the name!
Such a beautiful golden colour too.

Rosie said...

Many thanks my 'dear' friends for your very kind comments it is very much appreciated and thanks also for taking the time to pop by :)

Best wishes Rosie x

glamah16 said...

Now thats an unusual bread.The rainy weather is calling for me to make bread.

Pearlsofeast said...

Wonderful looking bread,love the spots.

dabrah said...

You know, I have a breadmaker, but I think I'm going to make this one by hand. It looks gorgeous. Is it anything like tiger bread? (I think tiger bread is made with sesame oil, but I don't know what else)

Rosie said...

Hi Coco, it is very unusual bread with a spotted crust. Rainy weather I find perfect for baking bread when you can’t get outdoors....

Hi Pearlsofeast, thank you, the spots are cute which drew me to this bread :D

Hi Dabrah, thank you, I have a bread maker but this loaf is such fun to make by hand and not too much work involved. I’ve never had Tiger bread but one I must look up because it sounds another great fun bake.

Best wishes Rosie x