Beyond Pizza Crafting Irresistible Homemade Bread

Beyond Pizza Crafting Irresistible Homemade Bread

In the world of culinary delights, few things rival the satisfaction of homemade bread. Move over pizza; we’re about to unravel a recipe that promises to be not just a meal but a sensory experience. Join me as we explore the steps to create a bread that’s not only tastier but also richer in flavor and texture.


For the Dough:
  • 450 g of flour (almond flour for Mediterranean diet)
  • 1/2 cube of fresh yeast (20 g)
  • 2 tablespoons of flour (almond flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 250 g of lukewarm water
For Coating:
  • 100 ml of olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 handful of fresh basil
  • 1 handful of fresh parsley
Additional Toppings:
  • Grated mozzarella or (Feta for Mediterranean diet)
  • A few olives


1. Activating the Yeast

Place half a cube of yeast in a bowl.

Add half a teaspoon of sugar and pour 250 ml of lukewarm water.

Add two tablespoons of flour and stir until all ingredients dissolve without lumps.

Leave the dissolved yeast in a warm place for about 10 minutes until it activates and foams.

2. Creating the Dough

Measure and sift 450 g of flour, add a teaspoon of salt, and the activated yeast.

Knead with a dough mixer until it becomes compact and separates from the bowl’s walls.

If kneading by hand, mix until the flour is absorbed and continue until the dough is compact, smooth, and not too sticky.

Shape into a ball, cover, and let it ferment in a warm, draft-free room for about half an hour or until doubled in volume.

3. Rolling and Preparing

Spread the risen dough on a floured surface and roll it out evenly.

Transfer it to a piece of baking paper on a wide, shallow baking tray.

Cut it into cubes.

4. Crafting the “Pesto”

Chop fresh basil and parsley, grate or squeeze garlic, and mix with 100 ml of olive oil.

Spread the mixture across all the incisions, then brush the entire surface with a silicone brush.

5. Toppings and Baking

Sprinkle grated mozzarella, parmesan, or your preferred cheese along the cuts.

Place a sliced olive on top of each cube and press gently.

Optionally, sprinkle more mozzarella over the entire bread.

Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 20 minutes.

As the aroma of this artisanal bread fills your kitchen, you’ve not just baked; you’ve crafted an experience. With its golden crust, flavorful coating, and delightful toppings, this bread transcends the ordinary. Pizza might have a competitor on the table, but this creation is in a league of its own.

Can I customize the toppings?

A: Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with different cheeses, herbs, or additional toppings to suit your taste.

 How long can I store the bread?

A: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days or freeze for longer freshness.

 Can I use dry yeast instead of fresh?

A: Yes, you can. Adjust the quantity according to the package instructions and activate it in lukewarm water with a pinch of sugar.

 What variations can I try with the “pesto”?

A: Get creative! Add sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, or a dash of balsamic vinegar for a unique twist.

 Can I make this bread gluten-free?

A: Certainly! Use a gluten-free flour blend for a delicious gluten-free version of this homemade bread.

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