Home-Baked Mozzarella Spelt Bread with Red Onion

 


Mozzarella Spelt Bread with Red Onion

 

There really isn’t anything else that quite compares to homemade bread.

The waft as it bakes is truly one of the most comforting aromas going. I particularly like making bread in the winter months, pairing it with a  warming, filling soup. There’s a sense of cosiness when, as the night draws in, you light a few candles, and lift a deliciously hot loaf from the oven.

I would have loved the bygone days, when the kitchen was the true hub of a household. A huge aga taking centre stage with a roaring fire close by. How dreamy does that sound?

 

Mozzarella Spelt Bread with Red Onion

 

Anyway, let’s put my daydreaming to bed and concentrate on reality. The beauty that is this home-baked spelt bread. Bread is wonderful on its own, but with some red onion and mozzarella? Then you’re in a whole new realm of awesomeness.

The dough was made in my bread machine (check out my other bread machine recipes). I know I’ve told you again and again how much I love mine, but it’s true. Not convinced? Then have a read of this – five reasons why you should be using a bread machine. What are you waiting for?

Home-Baked Mozzarella Spelt Bread with Red Onion

This delicious bread machine mozzarella spelt bread recipe has beautifully soft dough and is filled with melted mozzarella and red onion.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine British
Keyword Mozzarella Spelt Bread
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

Dough (see note 1)

  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 200ml (⅚ cup) milk
  • 50g (¼ cup) butter (cold and chopped)
  • 400-450g (3⅓ - 3¾ cups) flour (see note 2)
  • 7g (2 tsp) dried yeast (see note 3)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Filling:

  • 1 small red onion sliced (keep a couple of slices for the top)
  • 100-200g (3½ - 7 oz) grated mozzarella
  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted)

Topping:

  • couple of red onion slices
  • Sea salt

Instructions

Bread Machine:

  • Add the egg, olive oil, milk and butter to your bread machine pan. Then add 400g (3⅓ cups) flour and the remaining dry ingredients, taking care to keep the yeast and salt separate as much as possible. Set your machine to make dough.
  • On a very well-floured surface (the dough will be very sticky) work in just as much flour as you need to make a soft, pliable, but still a little tacky, dough.

Stand Mixer:

  • Add the egg, olive oil, milk and butter to your stand mixer bowl, and quickly mix together. If the butter is straight out of the fridge, it won't combine with the other wet ingredients too much, but that's okay.
  • Add 450g (3¾ cups) flour and the remaining dough ingredients. The dough should be sticky, but if you need more flour, just add a little at a time. Be careful: too much flour will result in dry bread.
  • Switch to a dough hook (if you have one) and allow the mixer to knead the dough for around 10 minutes, just until soft. The dough will still feel a little tacky to the touch, but will be able to slowly drop off the hook.
  • Cover the dough and leave to proof (until it has doubled in size - usually about an hour).
  • When the dough is ready, knock back and knead quickly, just until a rough ball forms.

Both Methods:

  • Grease a baking tin well with butter or oil (mine is just a little larger than 8 x 8 inches).
  • When the dough is ready, divide it into two.
  • Roll out the first half into a rough rectangle/square shape and place in the prepared tin.
  • With your fingers, push and ease the dough towards the corners. It will fight you a little and pull back (this is a GOOD sign), but continue until it starts to stay in place.
  • Melt your butter and spread around ¾ of it over the dough in the baking tin.
  • Slice your onions finely and place all over the butter (retain several slices to place on the top of the bread and also a little butter).
  • Sprinkle with as little or as much cheese as you like.
  • Take the second half of the dough and roll out into the shape of your tin. You will need to roll this one a little more as you are not able to just push it into shape in the pan.
  • Place on top and gently smooth to the edges until it totally covers the bottom half. Pinch the edges a little so that the top attaches to the bottom half.
  • Spread over the butter you have left and arrange the remaining onion slices. Sprinkle liberally with sea salt.
  • Cover with a tea-towel or cloth and leave in a warm place for around 30 minutes. Pre-heat the oven to 200ºC (400ºF).
  • Bake until the bread is beautifully brown (around 20-30 minutes depending on the size of your tin).
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a while. Remove from the pan, slice and serve warm with your favourite soup. Enjoy!

Notes

 
  1. I have made the dough using both a stand mixer and bread machine. 
  2. You can use spelt or regular flour for this recipe (just use the same amount).
  3. In Sweden we have something called dried yeast. It is used both in warm liquid to proof and also added directly to flour. I am aware that the US has two options for dried yeast, and I believe dry active yeast is the most similar for the purpose of making this particular bread.
 
Disclaimer
 
I have converted grams to cups/ounces/tablespoons using online converters. Although I have no reason to believe they are inaccurate, please be aware that I have not made the recipe with imperial measurements.
 
In addition, many ingredients are different in Europe compared to North America. I do all I can to offer possible alternatives and to ensure the best possible outcomes for everyone. However, results cannot always be guaranteed if you have not used the same ingredients, measurements or methods as me.
 
Lastly, I do everything I can to ensure that my recipes (and instructions) are accurate and easy to follow. However, I am human, and don't always get it right. If you notice anything strange, a mistake, or even a typo, please let me know in the comments.
Home-Baked Mozzarella Spelt Bread with Red Onion


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