9 Sep 2014

Pasta Stuffed Braided Bread & Nutella-Banana Stuffed Braided Bread

I love baking breads of different shapes and types. Well, this has been my first attempt of braiding and it was so much fun and enjoyment while doing. I have used large qty of flour so that i can make two breads. One bread has the stuffing of Macaroni pasta and that was our dinner which was accompanied with a simple tomato soup that i made, and the other bread is Nutella- banana stuffed bread, that was for breakfast for lazy Sunday. Check both the yummies below and enjoy braiding..!!

Pasta Stuffed Braided Bread:


For Bread:
  • 1 1/2 cup of Maida/APF (all purpose flour)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tbsp yeast
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of warm milk (and some extra for brushing the bread)
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup of water 
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil /or any other vegetable oil

For Pasta Mixture Stuffing:
  • 1 cup of macaroni pasta
  • Sufficient Water to boil pasta
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil or butter
  • 1/3 cup small chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup small chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 3/4 cup small chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup small chopped tomatoes
  • 3 pods of garlic finely grated
  • 2-3 tbsp small chopped fresh Italian Basil
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano herb
  • 1/3-1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 tsp black salt powder
  • 1 tsp red chilly flakes
  • Black pepper powder to taste
  • Salt to taste


For Bread:
  • In a large bowl, mix together all purpose flour with whole wheat flour, salt and olive oil. Mix well and keep it aside
  • In a small bowl pour warm milk and mix it with sugar and instant dry yeast. Stir and keep it aside atleast for 10 minutes or until mixture turns frothy.
  • Once the yeast mixture in a small bowl turns frothy, add the same in flour mixture. 
  • Add water slowly gradually to form a dough. Knead for 5-6 min or until smooth, soft and elastic but a non sticky dough.
  • Grease the dough with oil and cover the dough loosely with a plastic cling film and allow it rise in a warm place, until it doubles in volume (approx 1hr- 1hr 30 minutes). 
  • Meanwhile prepare pasta stuffing..

For Pasta Stuffing:
  • Chop all the ingredients listed above for making pasta stuffing..
  • In a small pan, pour sufficient amount of water for boiling pasta and let it boil.        
  • Meanwhile in another pan, heat oil or butter, add small chopped onion and finely grated garlic. Saute it for a while until onions are translucent and soft. 
  • Now add small chopped red and yellow bell pepper, small chopped tomato, black salt, dried oregano chilly flakes and shredded cheddar cheese. Mix all well until cheese melts.
  • Now drain water from the boiled pasta. Add those pasta in a pan mixture and cook further for 2-3 minutes. 
  • Turn off the flame and sprinkle those small chopped fresh Italian Basil on top. (Sprinkling fresh chopped basil lastly, will keep its aroma and taste more alive).
  • For braiding and stuffing:
  • Now come back to dough.
  • Punch the dough down which has rised and doubled in volume.
  • Sprinkle some flour on a work surface and bring the dough down there. Knead for few seconds.
  • Divide the dough in two equal dough balls and keep the other aside.
  • Roll the dough ball with a rolling pin in a large square shape
  • With Pizza cuter or a sharp knife, make cuts 1 inch apart on the sides of the long rolled dough as shown below and spread the stuffing in centre
  • Alternately, cross the strips over the stuffing and seal the ends and edges slightly to avoid stuffing coming out.
  • Carefully lift the braided bread and place it on baking tray dusted with flour.
  • Cover it lightly and allow it rise for about 30-35 minutes.
  • Prehaet the Oven at 200 degree Celsius.
  • Brush the rised braided bread with milk and bake it for 22-25 minutes in preheated oven.
  • Once done, bring out and allow it to cool on wire rack
  • Slice  and serve..!!

Nutella Stuffed Braided Bread

Nutella-Banana Stuffed Braided Bread

Above half dough ball
1 cup Nutella 
3 medium ripe bananas
Milk for brushing the dough

  • As described above, follow the same pattern.
  • Simply roll the dough in to a rectangle, make cuts 1 inch apart on the sides of the long rolled dough, spread nutella and banana in the center and cross the strips over the stuffing and seal the edges.
  • Carefully Lift the dough and place the same in a baking tray dusted with flour.
  • Cover it and allow to rise for 30-35 minutes, brush the rised bread with milk and bake for 22-25 minutes in preheated oven at 200 degree Celsius.
  • Slice and Enjoy with cup of hot coffee..!!

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