Brunch, Muffins and other sweets

Pesto swirls /Black olive pate swirls

Today in Toronto ( and all Southern Ontario ) was a red cold weather alert with temperature that went between minus 30 to minus 40 last night.

So I asked myself…what could I do during such weather? If you know me, by now, I think you already know the answer.

I decided to bake.

I  took a peek in the fridge and I saw I have some pesto and black olive pate; I didn’t need  more than a few seconds to come to a decision: buns … savory buns !!!

What do you need:

  • 2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup of white flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 table spoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon dry east
  • 1 teaspoon organic chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon organic golden flex seeds (optional)
  • 2 1/2 cups of warm water
  • 3 teaspoons of pesto
  • 3 teaspoons of black olives pate

Combine the flour ( both types ) turmeric and the seeds if using.

Make a hollow in the flour and add the yeast and one cup of warm water.

When it start to bubble add the olive oil, sprinkle the salt and the rest of the water and

mix all together. Once combined, knead by hand for about 5 to 10 minutes. The dough is

ready when it feels soft, springy and elastic.  Place the dough in a clean oiled bowl and set

aside covered in a warm place.

In about an hour and 30 minutes the dough should triple the size and to be ready for the buns.

Line a muffin tray with baking paper liners. The dough is a bit oily so there is no need to oil the tray or the liners.

Oil a work surface and roll the dough in a rectangle shape.

Spread the pesto on half of the dough and the olives pate on the other half.

VARIATION: If you really want and have handy ( I did not ) you can add some more cheese on top; like shredded  mozzarella.

Roll the dough in a long sausage and cut it in about about a inch wide buns.

Place them in the muffin tray. If some buns are smaller ( the ends ) you could add two buns in one liner 🙂

Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 to 30 minutes depending on the oven.

What can I say more ???  I couldn’t stop at just one piece ! Delicious !

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