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Pesto and Mozzarella Pain de Mie Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons instant yeast
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup warm water
- 1/2 cup pesto
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Special Equipment Needed:
- Stand mixer
- Rolling pin
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper

Step-by-Step Instructions:
1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flour, salt, sugar, and yeast.
2. Add the olive oil and warm water and mix until a dough forms.
3. Knead the dough for 5 minutes, or until it is smooth and elastic.
4. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise for 1 hour.
5. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
6. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to a 12-inch square.
7. Spread the pesto over the dough and sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese.
8. Roll the dough up into a log and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
9. Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown.

Time:
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Temperature: 375°F
Serving Size: 8

Nutritional Information:
Calories: 230
Fat: 10g
Carbohydrates: 28g
Protein: 6g

Substitutions for Ingredients
- All-purpose flour: whole wheat flour
- Olive oil: vegetable oil
- Pesto: any type of pesto or sauce
- Mozzarella cheese: any type of cheese

Variations:
- Add other ingredients such as olives, sun-dried tomatoes, or artichoke hearts.
- Substitute the pesto for any type of sauce or spread.

Tips and Tricks:
- Make sure the dough is well-kneaded before baking.
- Use a light touch when rolling out the dough to prevent it from tearing.
- Let the dough rise in a warm place for the best results.

Storage Instructions:
Store the baked bread in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Reheating Instructions:
Reheat the bread in a 350°F oven for 5 minutes, or until warmed through.

Presentation Ideas:
- Slice the bread and serve with a side of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
- Slice the bread and top with fresh tomatoes and basil.
- Serve the bread with a side of soup or salad.

Garnishes:
- Fresh herbs such as basil, oregano, or thyme
- Grated Parmesan cheese
- Chopped olives

Pairings:
- Tomato soup
- Caesar salad
- Roasted vegetables

Suggested Side Dishes:
- Roasted potatoes
- Grilled vegetables
- Roasted asparagus

Troubleshooting Advice:
- If the dough is too dry, add a tablespoon of water at a time until it comes together.
- If the dough is too wet, add a tablespoon of flour at a time until it is the correct consistency.

Food Safety Advice:
- Wash your hands before handling the dough.
- Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature before using.
- Do not consume the bread if it has been left out at room temperature for more than 2 hours.

Food History:
Pain de mie is a French bread that is traditionally made with white flour, yeast, salt, and water. It is often used for sandwiches and toast.

Flavor Profiles:
This bread has a mild flavor with notes of pesto and cheese.

Serving Suggestions:
- Serve as a side to a main dish.
- Slice and serve with soup or salad.
- Toast and serve with butter or jam.

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Region: Italian

Taste: Herby, Savory, Cheesy, Nutty, Tangy, Garlicky