A little while ago I wrote a post on my recipe for Zeytinli / Olive Bread which is a favourite of mine, so I thought I would add a recipe for Hellimli / Halloumi Bread; because who doesn’t like halloumi and bread?!This bread reminds me of my childhood, as my mother makes a great batch of these. 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.
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…
Turkish Halloumi Bread Rolls and traditional family favourite
Preheat fan oven to 170 degrees
Line two baking trays with parchment paper
In a mug, add about 50ml of warm water add the yeast and the sugar and leave for around 10 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)
Add the olive oil, halloumi, mint and onions and knead for another 10-15 minutes until the mixture has returned to a dough like texture
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
Cover the trays with cling film and cover with clean kitchen hand towels to create warmth and leave to prove for around an hour or until the dough has grown in size
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
I hope you enjoy this recipe! Don’t forget to sene me your photos if you use this recipe or tag me on socials.