1 c. warm water
2 t. active dry yeast
2 1/2 c. flour; plus more for dusting your work surface
1 T. olive oil
1 t. salt
1/2 c. pesto
2 T. grated parmesan
*It is very helpful to have a stand mixer with a dough hook for this, but I'm sure you could knead it by hand just fine as well.
1. Pour the water into the bowl of your stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast over the water. Let sit for about 10 minutes until the yeast has swelled and become kind of frothy. If that doesn't happen, you need to start over with new yeast. Sorry.
2. Add the flour, olive oil and salt and turn the mixer on low. Knead the dough for 5 minutes until smooth and elastic. After about 2 minutes the dough should be pulling off the sides of the bowl. If it does not, add extra flour one tablespoon at a time.
3. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl, and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
|The dough after doubling in size.|
4. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and flour your work surface. I used parchment paper so I could just slide the paper onto my baking sheet. I still floured the parchment paper though.
5. Gently stretch and elongate the dough into kind of a long oval. Then begin rolling into a rectangle that should be about 12" x 18". Mine was a little smaller and I should have rolled more.
6. Spread the pesto onto the dough and leave about an inch border.
7. Tightly roll the long side of the dough toward you and pinch the seam closed. If you're not using parchment paper, transfer the roll of dough to the baking sheet now. First dust the baking sheet with cornmeal so the dough won't stick.
8. Using a sharp knife, cut the roll of dough lengthwise and pinch the ends tight.
10. Allow the ring to rise for another 15 minutes then top with shredded parmesan and bake for 25 minutes until golden brown.
Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before eating. Enjoy!
This would be great with a cinnamon sugar filling or pretty much anything else you might want to spread in there before rolling up. You could even do pizza ingredients I bet. I might have to try that soon...
Have a great weekend!