Celery and onion bread

Easy bread with added raw celery and onions for terrific flavour.  You can line the tins/baskets/bowls with the celery leaves to make bread that is both delicious and gorgeous to look at!

Ingredients:

600 g whole meal flour
400 g water
3 g instant yeast/6 g dry yeast/12 g fresh yeast
12 g salt
2 large celery stalks (with the leaves taken off and kept aside for later) sliced thinly
1 medium onion sliced thinly

Method:

Step One:

If using dry yeast:

Measure the flour into a bowl and make a well in it.  Sprinkle in the yeast and pour 100 g water on it.  Leave for 15 minutes.  Add the rest of the water and add the salt.  Mix the ingredients together and turn out onto the counter and knead for 10 minutes.

If using fresh or instant yeast:

Measure the flour, water, salt, and yeast into a bowl.  Mix the ingredients together and turn out onto the counter and knead for 10 minutes.

Step Two:

Cover and let rest for 15 minutes before folding in the onion and the celery.  Cover again and let rest for 90 minutes.

Step Three:

Turn out the dough on to the counter and shape into one or two tight balls.  Line one or two rising baskets with the celery leaves and pop the ball(s) into the basket(s). If you don’t have baskets you can use shallow bowls or collanders lined with celery leaves.  Cover and let rise 60 minutes.  Pre heat the oven to 230 degrees.

Step Four:

Invert the dough out of the baskets/bowls onto baking trays lined with non stick baking parchment or coarse polenta/semolina.  Pop the dough in the oven and bake for 10 minutes at 230.  Turn the oven down to 200 and bake for a further 30 minutes.

Let it cool completely before eating.  This bread is particularly good with strong cheese.