Saturday, May 22, 2010

Baking Bread, a mood changer.

Busy week at work... from ash clouds shutting down main airports in London, violent Thailand protests to South Korea saying it found conclusive evidence that North Korea fired a torpedo at one of its warships in March, killing 46 sailors. With an empty refrigerator and a strong need to de-stress, baking comes to mind.

I have all purpose flower, dry yeast, shredded mozzarella cheese and walnuts. I may add za'atar to the mix and see if I am on to something here.

Here is the recipe for this bread. This is a basic bread recipe that's been Waffa-ized..

Mozzarella, Za'atar and Walnut Bread


  • 3 tsp active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 6 1/2 cups bread flour
  • ½ pound of shredded Mozzarella
  • Two handfuls of chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 C Za'atar


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Add in olive oil, salt and two cups of the flour. Add in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Knead about 8 minutes. Add cheese, walnuts and Za’atar to the mix and keep kneading for another minute
  2. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
  3. Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into two equal pieces. Prepare to form into loaves, but before you "roll" them up, sprinkle Za'atar on top (like making a jelly roll). Form into loaves. Place the loaves into two lightly greased loaf pans. Cover the loaves with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in size, about 40 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  5. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for about 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped.
  6. SAHTAIN (Double health in Arabic). (Be sure to smell the bread before each bite. Oh, the thyme!)

1 comment:

  1. I love it! I'm going to try this bread. Keep posting!