My darlings, hope you had a jolly good Christmas. Are your bellies still full of all the scrumptious festive treats? Well, if you fancy trying something different, I just have the thing for you – homemade grape bread! A few days before Christmas Balazs and I went for a little party to a friend who comes up with the coolest dishes and he didn’t disappoint this time either. He treated his guests to warm grape bread with 3 different toppings to choose from and hot wine on the side. It was so good that a few days later I made one myself. It’s one of those lazy evening on a sofa type of meals that will make you feel warm inside.
Here is the full recipe. Fancy a slice?
(Adapted from Margot Henderson – makes 12 servings)
* 50 grams fresh yeast
* 1 kg. plain flour
* 220 grams brown sugar
* 70 ml. olive oil
* 1.5 kg grapes (the juicer the better)
* 100 grams clear honey
Crumble the yeast into a bowl and whisk in 450 ml warm water. Leave it in a warm place for 15 mins. or until it begins to froth. Mix the flour, the pinch of salt and 80 grams of brown sugar together in a large bowl and make a well in the center. Slowly pour in the mixture and mix well. Turn on to a floured surface and knead for 10-15 minutes or until the dough feels elastic and bounces back when prodded. Oil the bowl with some of the olive oil and put in the dough. Cover with clingfilm and leave in a warm place for about 30 mins. or until it has doubled in size.
Next, halve the grapes, de-seed them (if seeded) and give them a rough squeeze. Put them into a bowl and set aside. Once the dough is done, preheat the oven to 180°C or 360°F. Halve and roll one piece out flat to about 1 cm thickness. Next, place the piece in a large oiled baking tray. Add the rest of the sugar and the lemon juice to the bowl with the grapes and stir in two tablespoons of olive oil. Sprinkle half of the mixture over the first rolled out dough, then roll out the other piece of the dough and place on top. Next cover with the rest of the grape mixture and drizzle with the reminding olive oil. Bake in preheated oven for 40-50 minutes. You can serve the grape bread with hot honey, blueberry sauce and pudding or any other toppings you fancy. Ta dah!
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