Stuffed Braided Bread

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Post the sunflower bread, I received many requests for making a bread with a veg filling. So, I got an opportunity to bake this braided bread with veg stuffing. A much simple and easy to make bread with a mixed filling of cottage cheese (paneer), spinach and cheese. I have added spinach to make it a bit healthy where kids too can easily munch these spinach without any tantrums. Being a mom, you always need to think of some health benefits to add extra points even if it is a junk food.

Preparation Time: 1 hour

Baking Time: 15-20 minutes

Proofing Time: 2 hr (1st proofing + 1/2 hr (2nd proofing)

Serving: 2-3 

Ingredients:

For the dough

2 cups All purpose flour

½ cup All purpose flour (for dusting)

1 tsp Dry active yeast

1 tbsp Sugar

1 cup lukewarm water

2 tbsp oil

1 tsp Salt

 

For the stuffing:

1 tbsp oil

1 chopped onion (medium)

1 chopped green chili

Salt to taste

Grated cheese (mozzarella + processed)

1 tsp freshly crushed black pepper

1 tsp red chili flakes

1 cup chopped spinach

1 cup grated cottage cheese (paneer)

Mixed Italian seasoning (oregano, rosemary, basil, thyme)

1 tbsp Milk ( for final wash)

 

Pictorial representation of the Procedure:

Step by Step process: (to help you understand clearly)

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Add All purpose flour, salt and oil in a large bowl.
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In a small bowl, add lukewarm water, sugar and dry active yeast and stir. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes till the froth is formed.
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Add the yeast mixture to the flour.
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Mix them well and knead them. The dough should be sticky. 
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Dust some flour on the kitchen surface for kneading.
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Place the dough and keep kneading for 8-10 minutes.
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Using the lower part of your palm (mount of Venus) knead the dough.
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Once the dough is kneaded, keep aside in an oiled bowl.
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Pour oil all along the sides of the bowl.
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Place the dough in the greased bowl and turn it all sides so that it is covered in oil from all sides.
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Cover the dough with a cling film to avoid drying and hard crust formation. Let it proof for atleast 2 hours or till it doubles in volume.
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In a frying pan, add oil and heat it.
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Chop the spinach and onions and grate the paneer (cottage cheese).
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Add chopped chilies and onions and fry them.
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Add the grated cottage cheese (paneer) and fry again.
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Finally, add the chopped spinach and mix well.
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Add salt, black pepper and mixed herbs. Remove from heat and let it cool.
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After 2 hours, the dough gets double in volume.
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Punch in the center to remove all air.
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Spread the dough on the surface.
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Roll it into a log.
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Cut it into 2 halves and use one halve.
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Spread it by hands again.
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Make cut strip all along the sides.
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Place the dough on a parchment paper over a baking tray. Add the stuffing in the center and spread grated cheese all over.
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Start to fold from all the sides one by one like a braid.
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Cover all the sides.
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Apply oil and sprinkle red chili flakes and mixed herbs over the top.
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Apply milk wash over the top and sides. This will give a nice color once ready. Place the tray in the pre- heated oven to bake for 15-20 minutes at 160 degree Celsius.

The cheesy vegetable stuffed braided bread is ready. Serve hot with your favourite dips or  tomato ketchup.

 

Recipe for: Tomato chilly and garlic ketchup

For similar Bread recipes:

Sunflower Pizza

Cheesy Discs

Sandwich White Bread

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