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Pesto Mozzarella Bread

Pesto Mozzarella Bread
Breads
Ingredients
  • Auntie Anne’s® Baking Kit
  • ½ cup flour for dusting
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ¹∕³ cup prepared pesto
  • 1½ pints cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ¾ lb. fresh mozzarella, diced
How to make the dough
Preparation
Watch our dough preparation video below, or use the instructions that came with your baking kit for best results.
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Yield: 12 servings.
  2. In a large bowl dissolve contents of yeast package in 1¼ cups warm water. Let sit 2 minutes.
  3. Add in dough mix and 1 tablespoon pesto and combine until dough forms ball.
  4. Grease large bowl with 1 tablespoon butter.
  5. Turn dough ball out onto lightly floured bread board and knead 5-7 minutes until smooth and satiny.
  6. Place dough in greased bowl, turning the dough in the bowl to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place about 1 hour, until double in size.
  7. Place parchment paper on a large baking sheet.
  8. Remove dough from bowl, depress down and let rest for 2 minutes on the floured bread board.
  9. Meanwhile combine the cherry tomatoes, mozzarella and 3½ tablespoons of pesto in a medium size bowl. Fold with a spatula to combine and flavor. Add the remaining ½ tablespoon of pesto to the 2 tablespoons remaining butter and set aside.
  10. With a rolling pin, roll out the dough to a rectangle of about 14”x18“. Measure off the middle 6 inches and place filling mix down the center the long way. Then cut 1½” wide strips on either side of the filling. Fold the strips into the center by pairs and twist. Push together to slightly mound in the center. Lift up the bread and place it on the baking sheet.
  11. Bake for 25-30 minutes until cheese is oozing and the crust is crunchy.
  12. Remove from oven and microwave the butter–pesto mixture for 12-15 seconds to melt. Stir to combine and brush with a pastry brush over the bread. Slice through to make 12 slices. Serve warm.
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