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Recipe: Sweet Chilli Beetroot, Bacon & Cheddar Brunch Bread

4th December 2014

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Brunch bread with chilli beetroot, bacon and cheddar – we’re hungry already...

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus 1-½ hours proving

Cooking time: 25 minutes

You’ll need:

250ml warm water

1 tsp dried yeast

1 tsp sugar

500g strong white bread flour

½ tsp salt

1 tsp dried sage (optional)

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

150g sweet chilli infused beetroot, drained and pureed

3 tbsp pumpkin seeds (for veg version)

80g mature cheddar, grated

What to do:

In a jug mix the water with the yeast and sugar. Set aside for a few minutes to allow the yeast to activate - after 5-10 minutes there should be a layer of foam on the surface.

In a food mixer or large bowl tip the flour, make a well in the centre and add the salt, dried sage and olive oil.

Pour in the water and yeast and the pureed beetroot and knead with a dough hook for 5 minutes or by hand for 10 minutes. Set aside in a non-draughty place to rise for around an hour or until it has doubled in size.

Turn the dough onto a floured work surface and roll into a large rectangle. Sprinkle the pumpkin seeds and cheese over the surface and roll up into a log shape, tucking the ends under.

Transfer to a baking sheet and set aside for 20 minutes to rise for a second time. Preheat the oven to 220ËšC/Gas Mark 7)

Once the bread has finished its second rise, cook in a hot oven for around 25 minutes. If it is done the bread should sound slightly hollow when tapped on the base. Serve whilst still warm cut into thick slices with plenty of butter.

Cook’s tips: Sweet chilli rosebud beetroot can be purchased from Marks and Spencer. It can also be purchased in Tesco and Waitrose as Sweetfire® or in Sainsbury’s as Sweet Flame. Infused beetroot ready-to-eat range is available in major retailers. Flavours include - Spicy Sweet and Fiery Beetroot (Tesco Finest), Sweet Chilli Rosebud Beetroot (M&S), Red Wine Vinegar & Orange Blossom Honey Beetroot (M&S), Sweetfire® Beetroot Wedges (Waitrose), Juniper & Black Pepper in Red Wine Vinegar Baby Beetroot (Morrison’s), Lime Zest Baby Beetroot (Waitrose) , Juniperberry& Black Pepper Cocktail, Beetroot (Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference), Sweetflame Beetroot (Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference), Honey & Ginger Baby Beetroot (Asda) 

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