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From A Year in Bread : Pesto Rolls

I've reached June in my travels through A Year in Bread. Which is perfect timing because the trio of bakers out there baked summer breads then. Summer comes early to Bombay, and this is just the time to make Beth's Pesto Rolls.

I first tried making these rolls last week. But I made pesto a day early, and then promptly went ahead and ate half of it. So this time, I started by mixing the starter last night and leaving it overnight in the fridge. Mixed the dough this morning and while it was going through it's first rise, I made my pesto - no chance to eat it all this time!

The dough was just as smooth as Beth claimed it will be, and my halved quantity was easy enough to roll into a rectangle. Then spread it with pesto, rolled it up and cut it into rolls. I got 10 rolls, while Beth got 15 out of double the dough so I am sure I cut them smaller. But baking them was a breeze and they browned in about 20-25 minutes.

Fresh pre-sliced bread meets pesto - that's as close to bread heaven as it can get. Also perfect for spring picnics, I am sending these rolls over to Cindystar who is hosting this month's bread baking day with the theme Spring Country Breads.


Rachel said…
Would have loved to see the browned version.
kitchenmage said…
These are one of my very favorite breads ever! I am so glad you liked them.

I also wanted to let you know that I am working on an index of recipes by monthly theme at A Year in Bread and hope to have it done in the next couple of days. I'll be sure to let you know when it is posted.

Thanks again for baking our year. We will be starting regular posts again soon and then you'll have even more recipes to try.
sharada said…
Thanks for dropping by.
You too have a lovely space here.
The pesto rolls look good.
Chutneytales said…
Pesto rolls fascinates me.I should give it a try.
love pesto sauce....pesto rolls are quite interesting..
simran,which brand of yeast do u buy in bombay??
Siri said…
The pesto rolls look perfect Simran. :) I am working against all odds to meet some deadlines at work and thats keeping me away from kitchen. I am planning to make my pesto rolls this weekend. :D.

CurryLeaf said…
I missed it this time ,but next time count me in.I too thought both pesto rolls and baguettes were great as spring bread entries,but still missed .Enjoy the rolls
Priya Suresh said…
Pesto rolls, its in my to do list since long...sounds great..
Thanks for your reply simran..even i bought the blue bird one and it did not work for me too....ok i need to find some other alternative...
Bharti said…
How yummy Simran. You're becoming quite the baker.
kitchenmage said…
I finally posted the index! Check it out: Index of our Recipes Thanks for inspiring me to get it finished.
Anonymous said…
these look really good. my husband loves anything pesto so will have to make these.
Cindystar said…
hanks very much for participating, Simran, they sound pretty good, I love pesto too.
By the way, are you sure you don't have a picture after baking hidden somewhere? I would have liked to see them "tanned"!
Have a nice day!

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