Salami, Olive and Cheese Bread Wreath

Wow your guests with this tasty salami, olive and cheese wreath bread which makes a wonderful savoury centrepiece that’s perfect for dipping in olive oil.

Wow your guests with this flavoursome salami, olive and cheese wreath bread which creates a wonderful savoury centrepiece that’s perfect for dipping in olive oil.
Salami, Olive and Cheese Bread Wreath
  Preparation time 35 mins plus rising Baking time 20-25 mins Serves 8-10 Ingredients:
  • 450g strong white flour plus extra for dusting
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 7g sachet fast action dried yeast
  • 50g cheddar cheese, grated
  • 4 tbsp olive oil plus extra for brushing
  • 250ml luke warm water
  • 1 medium egg, lightly beaten
  • 100g salami, chopped
  • 75g olives, chopped
Method:
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas mark 6 and grease a large baking tray.
  2. Place the flour, salt, pepper, yeast and cheese into a bowl and mix well. Add the oil, water and egg then mix thoroughly together to form a soft dough. Lightly dust your work surface with flour then lightly knead the dough for 5 mins until smooth and elastic.
  3. Oil the inside of a large bowl and place the dough inside. Cover with a piece of oiled cling film then leave to rise in a warm place for 1-1½ hours until it has doubled in size.
  4. Knock back the risen dough to remove the excess air by kneading it roughly with your hands for a few mins until it is almost back to its original size. Add the salami and olives then knead again for a minute. Transfer to a floured surface and divide into 3 equal pieces.  Roll each piece into long sausage shapes, about 60cm in length.
  5. Lay the three pieces of dough side by side lengthways and plait together. Bring the ends round to meet and form a wreath then pinch together to hold the shape.
  6. Transfer to the baking sheet, brush the top of the dough with olive oil then cover with oiled cling film. Leave in a warm place to for 30-45 mins to rise to almost double in size.
  7. Remove the cling film then bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 mins until well risen and golden brown. To test the bread, tap the base and you should hear a hollow sound when it is cooked.

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