It's that time of year again and your growing your own chillies (if your lucky in one of our Chilligrow or Quadgrow Planters). You're anticipating reaping the rewards of a bumper chilli harvest but the big question is "what am i going to do with all these chillies?". So we thought we would share our Chilli Bread recpie to spice things up. Here's how to do it and put a chilli bang into your bread bin....
Step 1) Put your flower, salt & olive oil into a bowl and rub together.
Step 2) Add your finely chopped chillies. You can try 2 chillies but i like to use 3 or 4 for some extra spice
Step 3) Dissolve a teaspoon of sugar in 100ml of boiling water in a measuring jug and add 120ml of cold water. If you are using wholemeal or coarse flour use less water, maybe 180ml)
Step 4) Add 2 heaped tablespoons of dried yeast - the type you buy in a tin, not the little sachets of instant yeast - Allinsons is a common brand.
Step 5) Cover & stand in a warm place until covered by 1" - 2" of foam.
Step 6) Knock back the foam and pour into the dried ingredients. Then mix to a smooth dough. You may need to add extra water (tepid) if the mix is dry or a bit of flour if the dough is too wet and sticky.
Step 7) Cover (a tea towel will do) & leave in a warm place until doubled in size(about an hour in a warm spot).
Step 8) Turn onto a floured surface and knead; use the heel of you hand to push the dough away from you, then fold towards you and repeat. Carry on for 5 or 10 minutes until you have elastic dough. This is the best part of the process (apart from eating the results), very therapeutic, but if done in a bad mood you'll get bad chilli bread.
Step 9) If making a loaf, grease a 400g bread tin with a bit of butter or margarine;if making rolls, the dough will make 9 or 10 good sized rolls (bake on a baking tray). Once the bread is in the tin / on the tray, cover and leave it to rise. This should take about 1 hour in a warm spot. If you leave it too long the dough can start to lose air and collapse like a deflating balloon so keep an eye on it.
Step 10) Bake in a pre-warmed oven at 180 for 30 minutes - 20-25 minutes for the rolls.
Step 11) Turn out onto a wire cooling rack. When you tap the base of the loaf it should have a hollow sound.
Try to resist eating the bread immediately: it carries on cooking as it cools, but it's good to eat after 1/2 an hour or so when it's still warm!!
If you fancy having a go at growing your own chillies then take a look at our chilli growing guide and maybe you can have a go at making your own chilli bread.