Impress your guests with this.
I promise you that this is a lot easier to make than it looks. The dough is simple, with minimum proving time, and you will quickly get the hang of creating the ‘flower petal’ effect.
This recipe uses a deliciously light filling of spinach, cottage cheese, grated Tasty (cheddar) cheese and some red capsicum (bell pepper). However you can adapt the filling to suit your family’s favourites – for example, replace the red capsicum with tomato, or add some diced cooked bacon or chorizo.
By the way, the dough used here is my current favourite pizza base recipe, so you are getting two for one with today’s post 🙂
I got the idea for the shape of the bread from this pin on Pinterest.
Ingredients – serves 4-6:
3 cups plain (all purpose) flour
- 1 packet (7g/0.2 oz) dried yeast
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- approx 1 and 1/2 cups warm water
- 250g/9 oz frozen spinach, thawed and excess water squeezed out
- 2/3 cup cottage cheese
- 2/3 cup grated cheese (I used Tasty/cheddar)
- 1/2 medium red capsicum (bell pepper), finely diced
- a few fresh chives, finely chopped
- black pepper, to season
- Put the flour, yeast, sugar and salt into a large bowl and stir to mix. Add the oil, then gradually add the water and mix until you have a soft dough. Knead for a couple of seconds then set aside for 30 minutes to rise.
- Heat your oven to 200C/180F fan forced/390F and spray a pizza pan (or large baking tray) with some cooking spray.
- Put the drained spinach into a bowl and use your clean hands to separate any lumps. Add the cheeses, diced capsicum, chives and a good seasoning of black pepper then stir to mix.
- Once the dough has risen slightly, divide it into two even pieces. Take one piece of the dough and spread it evenly over your prepared pan.
- Spoon your filling mixture into a ring around the dough, leaving a border around the edge.
- Spread the remaining piece of dough over the top to form a sandwich. (Tip: to do this make the dough into a rough disc shape with your hands, then put on top of the filling and stretch a little more as required.)
- Fold over the outside edge to seal the filling inside the dough sandwich.
- Then, using a sharp knife which has been dipped in flour, cut your dough into sections to form the ‘flower petals’. It is important that the cuts in the middle of the ‘flower’ DO NOT join up – this is so you can twist the ‘petals’ without them separating from the middle of the dough.
- Once the cuts are made, twist each ‘petal’ clockwise so the filling is facing upwards. You may need to plump the filling slightly to make each ‘petal’ sit nicely.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 10 minutes before serving.