Whole Wheat Brocolli Paneer Braided Bread

Come december and the first event that comes to my mind is the Bake-a-thon which I participated last year. It was a little overwhelming to bake through a month but I thoroughly enjoyed it .I was so looking forward to this event that I jumped on to it the the moment Champa announced it. I had around 15 days to plan the baking spree and I am enjoying this. I am sure my daughter will look forward to any savoury bakes as usual and the first post is for her. I have used Brocolli and Paneer as the filling since I wanted this to a protein rich filling whith a whole wheat bread makes an excellent healthy breakfast!!!

Whole wheat flour       2 1/2 cups
Salt                            3/4 tsp
Active dry Yeast          2 1/2 tsp
Sugar                         1/2 tsp
Oil                             2tbsp
Warm water               3/4 cup to 1 cup
Paneer       100 gms
Onion         2
Brocolli     18-20 florets
oregano     2 tsp
Chilli Flakes 2tsp
Mozarella     2 tbsp(Optional)
Oil              1tsp
Salt             to taste

Steam the brocolli florets and keep it aside
Cut the onions finely and cut the paneer into small cubes
Heat a pan with the oil. When the oil is sufficiently hot add the cut onions to it ans saute till they turn translucent, Now add the steamed brocolli and sprinkle the oregano, chilli flakes and the salt on it. Mix well and saute for another 5 minutes in a low flame.
Now add the paneer, mix well and switch off the heat.
Leave it aside for it to cool
 Mix yeast with warm water and sugar and let it rest in a warm place to froth up
Sift the flour with salt in a large bowl
Now add the yeast water mixture to this and knead well
Transfer this dough to a wooden board, sprinkle little flour and knead till dough becomes pliable
Keep it covered in a well oiled bowl and let it rise(45-60 minutes)
If your dough has risen by now , transfer it to a wooden board
Roll it into a rectangle( not very thin)
Keep the filling in the center along the long side
Make serrations on either side as shown HERE
Sprinkle mozzarella on it
Plait it softly covering the filling
Transfer it to a oiled tray and let it rise for another 20 minutes. Apply milk  wash on this for that lovely golden crust
Preheat the oven to 190C
Bake in the hot oven till the bread turns golden brown approximately 15-20 minutes
The flavour and the taste is just out of the world
Bake this bread to believe it!!!!

The other Bakers who are baking with me are
Srivalli Jetti-
Sumana Deepak
Priya Suresh

Preeti Deo

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