A little while ago I wrote a post on my recipe for Zeytinli / Olive Bread which is a childhood favourite of mine, so I thought I would share a recipe for my Hellimli or Halloumi Bread; the ultimate comfort food! This bread reminds me of my childhood, as my mother would always make these for days at home and when we had guests to serve with tea. The house would always smell amazing, a smell that reminds me of my childhood and I can smell it just thinking and typing this now! There is nothing like my mother’s cooking and my recipe doesn’t even come close to how she makes it but in true Turkish tradition my mum just throws it all in with an added bit of love and it’s perfect!
So this is my version of a family favourite that I now enjoy with my children, perfect to enjoy for breakfast or for your mid afternoon snack with a nice cup of tea. I’m still a novice when it comes to bread making and I’m still learning all the tricks that have been used by women in the Mediterranean for hundreds of years! However, if you want to try your hand at baking, try out this delicious bread, my recipe is quite simple and most of the time it nearly tastes like my mums!
Turkish Halloumi Bread Rolls and traditional family favourite
In a mug, add about 100ml of warm water, add the yeast and the sugar and leave for around 15 minutes - the mixture will froth - this is normal
In a large heavy mixing bowl add the flour and salt and make a well in the middle and put in the wet yeast mixture
Using clean hands start combining the flour and the wet mix, slowly keep adding warm water and kneading until the mix has become a soft dough (adding the water slowly will stop it from becoming too wet and sticky- if you need more water then add it slowly until you get a dough like texture in a ball.)
Take out the dough and lightly grease the inside of the bowl with olive oil. Place the dough back in the bowl, cover with cling film and a clean towel. Leave in a warm place for 45 minutes to prove. i.e warm windowsill, radiator etc
After 45 minutes add in the halloumi, mint and onions and knead for another 10 minutes until the mixture has returned to a dough like texture
Again, cover with cling film and a clean towel and prove for a further 45 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat fan oven to 170 degrees
Line two baking trays with parchment paper
Using your hands make your rolls and make sure to leave some room in between the rolls on the baking tray because they will expand and rise
Bake in the oven for around 20 minutes or until the tops of the rolls are a light golden colour and the base of the rolls are hard to touch
Serve straight away or leave to cool and keep in an airtight container or foil at room temperature
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Until next time,