Souper Sundays

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I am very proud of this title.

If you are girlfriend of a football crazy (chocolate maaad!) boyf, you may know about Super Sundays.

Basically lairy men blar out from the TV for most of the day, punctuated with said boyf yettling ‘REFF!’ at the TV.  It is all the rage around this time of year… *weeps*

This post also happens to be about soup. So Souper Sundays works well. Pat on the back for me, my father (A.K.A the pun lord) will be proud.

Anyway. Sunday. Arguably my favourite day of the week. Lay ins, brunch, general Sunday-Funday frolics and, a big bowl of something nourishing AND Blue Planet, which is EPIC innit?

I am working with Cully and Sully on this post. They are two Irish lads who create the most delicious soups, you can pick ’em up in Tesco if you fancied a try (£1.50 a pot, which is pretty darn good). I was sent a load of different flavours (so many delish veggie ones, FYI) and they have pretty much fed both Matt and I for the whole week. Just the kinda bowl of love I needed.

cully and sully tomato soup

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They have asked me to sass it up in some way, so I thought I would set myself a challenge… To make a hunky loaf of bread for dipping. I won’t lie, I am beginner when it comes to bread making.  I am a cake lass through and through, but I want to give it a whirl.

I decided to make a cheesy, pesto filled braided loaf. It looks pretty and it tastes DREAMY. I love a bit of pesto, and it goes perfectly with Cully & Sully’s tomato & basil soup.  Preferably still warm from the oven, or lightly toasted with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. OR with parmesan cheese melted on top if you really wanted to push the boat out.

Just gonna leave these snaps here…

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Oh bebeh, it was SO tasty. And surprisingly easy (and quick) to make – if you fancy rising to the challenge (😉), you will need the following…

P.S you can make this bread by hand with some elbow grease, however my mumma kindly let me use her mixer with the dough hook attachment. You don’t knead this (lolz), it just makes life a little easier!

BREAD

1 1/4 cup warm water

2 1/4 tsp (1 sachet) dry active yeast (I picked up the one from Sainsbury’s)

1 tsp granulated sugar

1 1/2 cup plain flour

1 cup strong white bread flour – found in the baking aisle

1tsp sea salt

2 tbsp parmesan cheese

PESTO

2 packets (2 cups) of fresh basil

2 cloves garlic

1/2 cup parmesan

3 tbsp olive oil

What ya need to do…

Pre heat your oven to gas mark 4 / 177C / 350F

Firstly, dissolve your yeast and sugar in warm water.  Let the yeast proof and do its thang for around 10-15 mins.

Whilst that proofs, measure out your flour, salt & cheese into the mixing bowl.

Once your yeast / water mixture is ready, give it a stir and gradually add to your flour, on a medium speed. Combine until you have a clean, non sticky ball of dough. If your mixture is too sticky to start (mine certainly was!) slowly add and mix in spoonfuls of plain flour until you have a clean ball of dough that you can hold with your hands without it sticking!

When your dough is ready, shape into a ball and pop in a lightly greased bowl, cover with clingfilm and leave to rise for about 40 mins (or until doubled in size). The warmer, the quicker!

Whilst the dough rises, make your pesto. Its eaaasay, just blitz up all the ingredients and there ya have it. Scoop into a bowl and pop to one side for now.

OK, when your dough is risen, dust surface with flour and get rollin’ gal.

Cover your rolling pin with flour, and create a big rectangle with your dough… Don’t be worried to stretch it out! You are kinda aiming for a 10X20 inch rectangle.

Once you are happy, scoop on your pesto and smooth it across your dough leaving a 1/2 inch gap from the edges. Now we are ready to rooooll!

Take a deep breath, and get hold of the shorter edge of your dough. Pinch at the sides, start rolling your dough up tightly and slowly. Once you have your doughy arctic roll, get a sharp knife and cut end to end. Braid your dough, pinching together the ends before you pop into a lightly greased loaf tin. Leave to rise for around 20 mins before sticking in the oven to bake for 40 mins.

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When your flat smells like THE DREAM and your loaf is beautiful and golden, she is ready.

Have a cheeky slice…

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Round up the troops, warm up your soup and get dunkin’.

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Oooooooft. I got the last Cully & Sully pot and bread remainders to gobble for lunch today, and I am SO bloomin’ excited to tuck in.

Have you ever attempted your own bread? (You should!)

Ix

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  • Courtney Hardy

    That looks so good. I want to make some bread like that.
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    • Thank you so much Courtney – I was so happy with it! Definitely give it a try my love – you will be pleasantly surprised :) Immy x

  • Leah Cohen

    This looks AMAZING!! I am literally wife of a football crazy (chocolate maaad!) husband… like if I had to pick two things that would be how I described him! hahaha
    xx Leah

    http://www.fashtrav.com

    • Aaaaaah glad I am not alone looool, this time of year it is non stop! Gotta gobble bread to get through it >:) Immy x

  • wow! love the yummy pictures ! !I had Pumpkin soup for lunch today (home made of course!) and i usually make flat bread to go wuth (with rosemary / oilve oil) anyway love your bread recipe! thanks for sharing ! :)

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    • Ah thank you so much Marie – they are SUCH food porn aren’t they!? Ooo that sounds so lovely – Flat bread is also so perfect, oooooom that sounds dreamy! Immy x

      • Indeed so much foodporn indeed :)

  • Ohh yum – that bread look a-maaazing! I’m really craving tomato soup & warm, fresh bread now..! xx

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • Aaaaah thank you Laura! Was so so happy with it lol! Ooh I know me too – I am feeling full of cold so it may have to be soup again this evening! Immy x

  • This bread looks amazing, perfect to have with soup on a Sunday!

    Carolyn x
    Faithfully Carolyn

    • It was so deliiisssh… Sadly looooong gone now! Soup Sundays gotta be a thing! Hope your week is going well lady :) Immy x

  • ninegrandstudent

    This looks SO tasty, and it’s made me crave tomato soup… I love baking my own bread (and dunking it in soup), my fav at the mo is a good focaccia!

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Lifestyle Blog

    • Me too haha! Swear I am always craving tomato soup?!? Especially cream of tomato <3 Ooh nice, that is next on my list – what kinda toppings do you add? Immy x

  • Okay YUM. Just cozied up with a big bowl of cheese broccoli soup yesterday while watching football. There is no better combo! Bread looks so delish!

    Madison http://breakfastatmadisons.com

    • Oooooh cheese and broccoli sounds LOVELY. I must try! Us gals and our football lol, to be fair I do enjoy a good game, If I let myself, I get waaaay into it! Immy x

  • Ahhhh I just had lunch and you peso cheese bread loaf is making me crave some, it looks sooo YUM! I gotta have it now! I never tried making my own bread but now I am tempted to.
    xx
    Ankita
    http://realgirltalks.com/

    • Ooooh it is so good, what I would do for another slice now – it is looooong gone! I know, I am such a beginner with it all.. It was surprisingly easy! Immy x