Pancetta and Cheese Twisted Loaf

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This bread is a firm favourite with my family and friends. It's very simple to make as I use a bread mix. You can knock some up any afternoon with a spare hour. I use Wrights mix but any crustily loaf mix will be fine.
What you'll need

500g Wrights Premium Bread Mix

300ml Warm Water

150g Mature Cheddar

90-100g Finely Sliced Pancetta


Cheese and Pancetta

  1. Allow to rest and then stretch to make a flat rectangle about 20cm by 40cm.
  2. Grate the Cheddar onto the dough in diagonal lines.
  3. Alternate with the Pancetta and Cheese.

The Roll Up

  1. Once you have covered the whole of the dough in cheese and Pancetta layers, roll the dough into a coil starting from a corner. Keep it as tight as possible

Cut and Twist

  1. Take a knife and cut the whole roll in half leaving only the end attached.
  2. Taking the two parts twist them together to make a braid.

The Rise

  1. Place the loaf on non-stick foil and cover it with a damp cloth and leave to rise for 40mins in a warm dry place.
  2. After this is should be about a third bigger.
  3. Preheat your oven to 220°C.

The Bake

  1. Bake the bread at 220°C for 15-20mins.
  2. At this point check the loaf and see if any of the cheese is catching. If it is, cover it with tin foil to protect it and return it to the oven for a further 10mins, or until it sounds hollow when you knock it with you hand.