Light Pesto Bread

Oxmoor House
72 (1/2-inch) slices.


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5 1/2 cups bread flour, divided
1 tablespoon sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
2 packages active dry yeast
2 cups very warm water (120° to 130°)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons bread flour, divided
Vegetable cooking spray
1 cup tightly packed fresh parsley
2 green onions, cut into 2-inch pieces
2 cloves garlic, halved
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1 egg white, lightly beaten


Cook: 30 Minutes

Combine 2 cups flour, sugar, 1 3/4 teaspoons salt, and yeast; stir. Add water and 2 tablespoons oil, beating at low speed of an electric mixer until blended. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed. Stir in enough of the remaining 3 1/2 cups flour to make a soft dough.

Sprinkle 1/4 cup flour over work surface. Turn dough out; knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes). Place in a bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled.

Position knife blade in food processor bowl, and add parsley, onions, and garlic. Process 20 seconds. Add remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons oil, and pepper; process 15 seconds.

Punch dough down; divide in half. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon flour over work surface. Roll 1 portion into a 16- x 10-inch rectangle. Spread half of parsley mixture over dough, leaving a 1-inch border; sprinkle with 1/4 cup cheese. Roll up dough, starting at long side. Pinch seam and ends to seal. Repeat procedure.

Place loaves, seam side down, on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Make 1/4-inch-deep slits in each loaf. Cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, 35 minutes or until doubled. Brush with egg white. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until loaves sound hollow when tapped.

Created date

August 2009

Nutritional Information

Calories 52
Caloriesfromfat 19 %
Fat 1.1 g
Satfat 0.2 g
Monofat 0.0 g
Polyfat 0.0 g
Protein 1.7 g
Carbohydrate 8.5 g
Fiber 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 0.0 mg
Sodium 85 mg
Calcium 0.0 mg