Wild garlic and cheese bread

Wild garlic and cheese bread

By
From
Mark Hix On Baking
Makes
1-2
Photographer
Jason Lowe

Wild garlic is a wonderful vegetable to forage for, though you might get stuck on what to do with a large harvest. The combination here of cheese and mellow-flavoured wild garlic is great, with the bread making a perfect snack or accompaniment to a meal. If you haven't got access to wild garlic then garlic chives will do the job.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
500g strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
7g fast-action yeast, mixed with about 150 ml warm water
1 tablespoon clear honey
5 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
150-200g mature cheddar, grated
200g wild garlic leaves
or 200g garlic chives

Method

  1. Mix the flour, yeast and honey together in a mixer set with the dough hook attachment for 2–3 minutes to make a stiff, elastic dough, adding a little more water during mixing to bring the ingredients together, if necessary. Cover the bowl with cling film and leave to prove in a warm place for a few hours until the dough has doubled in volume.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a frying pan, add the wild garlic leaves and salt and cook until wilted but not coloured. You may need to do this in batches. Leave to cool.
  3. Remove the dough from the bowl and knead it back to its original size on a lightly floured table, incorporating 4 tablespoons of the olive oil as you go.
  4. Divide the dough in half for two small loaves or leave whole for one large loaf – it’s up to you. Shape your dough into one or two rough rectangles and scatter over the wild garlic and three quarters of the cheese. Roll the dough up tightly widthways and transfer, seam-side down, to a lightly oiled baking tray. Cover with a damp tea towel and leave to prove until doubled in size.
  5. Preheat the oven to 240°C.
  6. Score the top of your bread a few times then dust lightly with flour. Scatter the remaining cheese down the centre. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Turn the oven down to 200°C and bake for a further 15–20 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.
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