There is something so satisfying about making bread at home. Kneading the dough, the smell of it baking in the oven and it is a fabulous activity for kids.
H loves measuring the ingredients and getting his little fingers into the dough. It’s also very calming for little ones if things are getting crazy… What do you do if things are going down hill? – we often bake. Its fun, it requires concentration and it really works. Give it a try :)
This recipe is easy and very tasty. You could substitute the pancetta for a veggie alternative or simply leave it out altogether. Freeze what you don’t use for another day. Simply warm in the oven to defrost and they are great. xx
- 350 ml warm water
- 2 teaspoons yeast
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 30 ml oil (about 2 1/2 tablespoons)
- pinch of salt
- 4 cups (550g) flour
- 5 slices of pancetta; finely sliced
- Parmesan cheese; grated
Put the water, yeast and honey in a bowl and stir to combine. Let sit for 10 minutes (bubbles will appear on the surface and it will look creamy)
Add the oil, salt, and half the flour to the yeast mixture and give it a mix. Add the additional flour 1/2 a cup at a time until the mixture no longer sticks then add the pancetta. Knead until smooth either by hand or with a dough hook. Cover and allow to rise for about an hour or until doubled in size.
Punch the dough down, then divide it into 12 pieces. Roll those in to balls and place on a baking sheet to allow to rise a second time. (They will double in size so leave a little room around each ball). Cover with a light cloth and allow to rise for another 30 - 40 minutes.
Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees C (400 degrees F). Sprinkle with parmesan and cook for about 15 - 20 minutes.