I give the credit for this one to the Mr – he stumbled upon the idea and dropped massive hints for me to give it a go. And I’m bloody glad he did! (Inspiration came from the wonderful Beyond Kimchee blog)
Here is what you will need to make one large Stromboli.
For the Dough
- 340g Plain Flour
- 3 tsp Fast Action Yeast
- 1.5 tsp Sugar
- 3tsp Salt
- 225ml Luke Warm Water
NOTE – you could also use ready made dough or a dough mix from the supermarket.
For the Filling
- Pack of Mozzarella Slices
- Pack of Salami
- Pack of Ham
- Fresh Basil
- Olive Oil
- Dried Herbes de Provence OR Dried Oregano
- Sea Salt
First, sift the flour into a large bowl (or stand mixer with dough hooks attached) and add the yeast, sugar and salt. (Don’t put the salt directly onto the yeast as it can kill it.) Then give it a quick mix. Add in the warm water and mix together until a dough forms. Knead on a lightly floured surface for about 10 minutes until the dough is soft and pliable.
If you are using a stand mixer – mix on low until a dough forms then increase the speed to medium and mix for about 4-5 minutes until the dough is soft and pliable.
Place the dough into a large, lightly oiled bowl, cover with either cling film or a damp tea towel then leave to prove for about an hour in a draft free place.
Next, layer on the meats and mozzarella. I always go alternate – e.g. Ham, cheese, salami, cheese, ham, cheese, salami, cheese etc…
Top with basil and some freshly ground black pepper.
Now to shape the lattice. Fold the top of the dough over the filling and fold in the two strands and cross them over each other.
Then when you get towards the bottom, do as you did at the start by folding up the end piece over the filling and crossing in the strands. Then finish off by folding the last 4 strands as you have been doing the whole way down and tuck the last two under the end. Press to seal so they don’t pop up during baking.
Now I know I’ve put baking paper onto my tray but I would actually recommend just using a good, non stick tray and placing the stromboli directly onto it – it should help give a crispy bottom as opposed to a potentially soggy bottom. (Sorry Mary Berry!)
This is now probably one of my favourite recipes! It’s simple to make, absolutely delicious and always goes down well with friends/family. AND you can always change it up by messing with the fillings. Maybe try a bit of chorizo, some slices of fresh tomato or even sliced cooked sausages! You could really play about with this recipe – it’s so versatile!
Hope you enjoyed the post guys n gals.
Until next time!