Feta Swirl Bread

Remember a few weeks ago when I told you guys how I put a post together?

Friends is definitely still part of the process (I’m watching an episode as I’m typing this), but there’s something new in the mix now.

Pinterest.

I. just. can’t. stop.

Why is it so addicting?

Why can’t I go more than 30 minutes without checking to see what’s new?

Why in the world didn’t I think of this first?!?

Thanks to Pinterest, I have my Christmas wish list full of boots that I love but won’t check the price tag because I know they cost more than our car payment.

I’ve got my dream wardrobe pinned…but all the clothes are on other people.

I’ve planned a redo of every room in house – even the ones I don’t plan on redoing.

Paint colors? I have more pinned than I have walls to paint.

Shoes? Check.

Music? Check.

Food? Check, check, and double check.

Ideas for feta? That’s one thing I still need to look up.

Nick and I easily got through the first 3 pounds of feta that I won, but we’ve still got 7 left in the freezer.

We made salads. We baked it. We crumbled it into eggs (soooo good).

And I was running out of ideas.

Then I hit my bread baking rhythm a few weeks ago and was cranking out a few loaves a week.

I like feta with bread and on bread, so wouldn’t feta be good in bread?

Do yourself (and me) a favor: Bake some bread this week or weekend. Then tell me all about it.

You’ll be happy.

Your kitchen will smell super good.

Your friends and family will think you’re a cooking superstar. And it’s so easy, it’ll barely feel like work.

Plus, you get to eat the fruits of your labor, anyway.

 

Feta Swirl Bread

Makes: 2  loaves, 12-16 slices each

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 4 and 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 2 and 1/4 cups warm water
  • 3 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup feta, crumbled
  • 1 Tbsp fresh oregano
  • 1 Tbsp fresh basil
  • 1 Tbsp fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil

Directions:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer or other large bowl, mix the bread flour, honey/agave, oil, salt, and yeast.
  2. Add warm water to flour mixture and mix together until the water is incorporated.
  3. Stir in the all purpose flour, 1 cup at a time, until the dough is mixed together and is easy to handle.
  4. Knead dough (with dough hook or by hand) until it is smooth and springs back when you touch it (about 5 minutes).
  5. Place the dough in a large bowl that has been coated with olive oil. Cover with plastic wrap or a towel and sit in a warm place to rise for 40-60 minutes or until dough has doubled.
  6. Punch dough down and divide into 2 equal pieces.
  7. Roll each piece into a rectangle (the width of your loaf pans). In a small bowl, stir the feta, oregano, basil, rosemary, pepper, crushed red pepper, and olive oil together.
  8. Divide the feta mixture between the two loaves and spread out onto each piece of dough. Roll up the dough and place them seam-side down in greased loaf pans.
  9. Cover the loaf pans with plastic wrap or a towel and let the dough rise, again, in a warm place 40-60 minutes, or until doubled.
  10. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and place rack in the middle of the oven.
  11. Bake bread for 40-45 minutes or until the bread is golden brown and they sound hollow when tapped.
  12. Remove from the oven and let them cool 5 minutes before removing from the pans.

27 Responses to “Feta Swirl Bread”

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    Kathryn — November 15, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Feta in bread? What an awesome idea!

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    Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean — November 15, 2011 at 10:36 am

    yum!! newly obsessed with feta so this sounds delightful!

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    Joanne — November 15, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I fell in LOVE with feta this year….the good stuff, not that really not good crumbly stuff they sell in little cartons in the grocery store….so I can’t wait to make this! I’m thinking it would make for an awesome open-faced eggplant parm!

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    Lauren — November 15, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    This is a first! I’ve never seen feta baked into bread and I am in awe! :)

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    Lauren @ What Lauren Likes — November 15, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    How cool! What a great idea :)

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    Bev Weidner — November 15, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    FRIENDS SHOULD ALWAYS BE A PART.

    Amen.

    • admin replied: — November 16th, 2011 at 7:42 pm

      amen, indeed.

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    Jessica @ Healthy Dairyland — November 15, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Oh my can we please start a list of all the things to be swirled into this bread? Pumpkin, Nutella, feta, cinnamon, peanut butter, garlic + herbs….I think I could sit here all day thinking of delicious fillings.

    Yes, I’m obsessed.

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    Cassie — November 15, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    I am so with you on the pinterest thing…I keep thinking to myself that surely I can walk into a store with the pinterest app pulled up on my phone and ask the lovely employees there if they can dress me like my pins, that would work right?!

    The bread sounds fabulous, I love feta!

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    Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy — November 15, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    I am really disappointed in myself that I have not made bread yet. I love bread!
    And yes. Pintrest. I want my life back. Or at least the pinned version of what I’d like my life to be…

    • admin replied: — November 16th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

      do it! bake some bread this weekend. it’ll make you happy :)

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — November 15, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Yum! I’ve been obsessed with feta this year. This looks so good–your bread is so full and fluffy. Impressed!

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    Lauren from Lauren's Latest — November 15, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Pretty sure I don’t know anyone NOT addicted to Pinterest. Girl, you have got to stop putting stuff into bread! You’re killing me!

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    jenna — November 15, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    this looks great! what a brilliant idea. I love anything with feta!

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    stephanie @cookinfanatic — November 15, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    How intriguing, feta in bread! If you need another recipe to keep working through all that cheese you have got to try Jess over @HowSweetEats recipe for Crazy Feta. I made it this past weekend for a party and it was a total hit! It mixes roasted garlic, jalapenos, feta, lemon and olive oil as a spread for crackers/bread/anything.

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    Nutmeg Nanny — November 15, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    This looks great! Feta in just about anything makes me a happy girl :) Also, I’m with you about Pinterest. Can’t. Stop. Pinning.

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    Andrea@WellnessNotes — November 15, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Pinterest is very addicting! :) The bread sounds wonderful! Great idea to add it right into the bread!

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    Megan — November 16, 2011 at 2:38 am

    I keep eyeing a muffin recipe with feta, red peppers, and basil. I’m sure the bread was amazing!

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    Jess @JessCantCook — November 16, 2011 at 4:50 am

    What an amazing idea! I love feta, yum. Your bread looks so much fluffier than mine, I need to try this recipe…

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    Shannon — November 16, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    i’m so behind with blogging that i can’t look at pinterest ;) trouble! but this bread sounds FANTASTIC :)

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    Paige — November 16, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Girl you need your own show!

    This bread sounds fantastic. Again, I want you to make it for me and I’ll eat it ;) :D

    • admin replied: — November 16th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

      thank you! :) if you come over, i’ll make bread. promise!

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    Kelly — November 18, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    I have to say, I haven’t pinned anything yet. Probably should stay away! This sounds delicious. I bet it would be fantastic with some pine nuts, spinach or sundried tomatoes in the swirl as well.

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    Koko @ Koko Likes — September 28, 2012 at 4:33 am

    Quick Question: Do you let your yeast rise with water before adding it to the flour mixture? Or do you just throw in your yeast and it rises on it’s on? And what constitutes bread flour?

    • admin replied: — September 28th, 2012 at 2:35 pm

      Hi there! For this recipe, no, I don’t let the yeast rest in water before adding it; I do it just like it says in the instructions. Bread flour is a type of flour you can buy that has a higher protein count.

      • Koko @ Koko Likes replied: — September 28th, 2012 at 5:13 pm

        Thanks so much for your help! I’m a bread novice!

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