Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Garden Bread Spirals

Wow!  Just wow!  When I set out to make this bread, it was originally supposed to be monkey bread.  But there was so much I wanted to put into it, and I was worried about how to get all this goodness around dough balls.  So then it hit me.  I should roll it out and fill the bread up.  Spinach, sundried tomatoes, bacon, yuminess!  I took the leftovers to work and a fight practically broke out over them. And, yes, this is a yeast dough.  Don't be afraid.  It's a lot easier than you think.  If you're really skeptical, try using a pizza dough in the can or even go to a small pizza place and ask to buy one.  You won't be dissapointed in this recipe!

1 packet highly active yeast
1 1/4 C warm water, about 110 to 115 degrees
2 T olive oil
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 packet onion soup mix
3 to 3 1/2 C flour
1/2 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/2 C shredded cheese, any flavor (I used Monterey Jack)
1/4 C green onion, sliced
1/4 C sundried tomatoes packed in oil, drained & chopped
1/2 C frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
2-3 T chopped jalapeno slices (the kind from a jar)
1/4 C red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 C butter, melted

Mix the yeast with the sugar and warm water in the bowl of a stand mixer.  Let sit about five minutes or until frothy.  Add in the flour, olive oil, salt, and onion soup mix.  Knead with the dough hook until the dough becomes a ball. Only add in the extra flour if your dough is sticky.  Cover and let rise in a warm place for an hour.

After the first hour, roll the dough out on a floured board to about an 18 x 14 inch rectangle.  Spread the cheese, sundried tomatoes, jalapenos, spinach, bacon, red bell pepper, and green onions all over the surface of the dough. Roll the dough into a long log.  With a serrated knife, carefully cut the log into about 10 sections.  Place them on a sheet pan, not touching, and cover and let rise for about 20-30 minutes. 

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  When the spirals have risen, put them in the oven and cook about 25-30 minutes or until done.  During the last five minutes, brush the melted butter over the tops to help brown.  Serve warm.

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