{.’tis the season for bbq & grills.}

by devourslowly

Kiwis are crazy for summer barbies.  I find grill meats are best with plain homemade bread and crispy salad on the side.  This Tuscan bread recipe adapted from Dean Brettschneider’s Global Baker is particularly easy to make, the only trick is to be organised and plan ahead.

BEFORE STARTING: I strongly recommend Dean Brettschneider’s method for kneading bread – it is so much easier than the traditional pounding, throwing and beating whilst thinking of your childhood nemesis and yields a much better result!



120g high grade flour

20g dried instant yeast

80ml water


500g high grade flour

10g instant dried yeast

20g olive oil

1 starter

320ml water

1. For the starter, mix everything in the bowl and knead for 3-4 minutes to form a dough.  Place in an oiled bowl, cover with glad wrap and leave in room temperature overnight.

2. For the dough, mix the dry ingredients, the starter and oil in a bowl.  Pour in the water and incorporate with a wooden spoon until a dough forms.

3. Knead for 10-15 minutes resting the dough for 30 seconds every 3-4 minutes.

4. Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover well.  Leave in a warm place for 1 hour until the dough doubles in volume.

5. Tip the dough onto the bench and knock it back.

6. Wrap and cover, leave in warm place for 30 minutes.

7. Divide the dough into two equal parts and shape into balls, cover and let prove for 60 minutes.

8. Preheat over to 240°C and leave a tray of water at the bottom of the oven.

9. Lightly dust the dough balls with flour and using a very sharp knife make four diagonal slashes across the top.

10. Place on tray lined with non stick paper and back for 15 minutes @ 240°C.

11. Turn the tray around 180° and back for 10 minutes @ 200°C until the crust has turned golden brown and the bottom of each loaf sounds hollow when tapped.

12. Remove from oven and cool on wire rack.

13. Slice and enjoy with your slab of grilled meat!

Instead of bringing a bottle to BBQ parties, we often bring a loaf a homemade bread to enjoy with friends 🙂  It is different and even the teetotalers get to have them!