In France, this savory bread is a traditional accompaniment to the cheese course.
Can be frozen up to 6 months
Preparation Time20 min
Preparation Time - Text20 mins, plus 2 risings
Cooking Time35 min
Cooking Time - Text45
Total Timeunder 4 hours
Make Ahead RecipeYes
One Pot MealYes
OccasionCocktail Party, Formal Dinner Party
Recipe Courseantipasto/mezze, hors d'oeuvre
Dietary Considerationpeanut free
Five Ingredients or LessYes
Taste and Texturenutty, savory
Type of Dishyeast bread
- 1¾ cups tepid water
- 1 tbsp walnut oil, plus a little extra for the bowl
- 1½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2 1/3 cups whole wheat flour
- One ¼ oz (7g) envelope instant yeast
- 1 1/3 cups bread flour, as needed, plus more for kneading
- 1¼ cups coarsely chopped walnuts
Combine the water, walnut oil, salt, and sugar. Stir in the whole wheat flour, yeast, then enough of the bread flour to make a dough that is difficult to stir.
Knead the dough on a floured surface for 5–8 minutes, adding more flour when necessary, until the dough is smooth and elastic. Shape the dough into a ball.
Coat the inside of a large bowl with oil. Add the dough, and turn to coat with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand in a warm place about 1 hour, or until doubled in volume.
Punch down the dough, turn it out onto a floured surface, and knead for 1 minute. Pat the dough into a rectangle and sprinkle with the walnuts. Roll the dough, and knead until the nuts are distributed.
Lightly flour a large baking sheet. Cut the dough in half and form each into a ball. Transfer to the baking sheet and flatten lightly. Loosely cover with plastic wrap, and let rise for 15 minutes, until puffy.
Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C). Lightly dust the balls of dough with flour. Cut a square, no more than ¼ in (5cm) deep, in the top of each. Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 375°F (190°C) and bake for 25–35 minutes or until the bases sound hollow when tapped. Transfer to a wire rack and cool.
2008 Dorling Kindersley