Stilton and Pecan - Bread Recipe

Well amazingly for me, I'm still into baking; I seem to have got the bug since the Kenwood Chef Elite arrived. Of course the Kenwood Chef does far more than mix, knead and whisk - so far I've made Banana Bread and a Berry and Chocolate Meringue Wreath. I've also made a birthday cake and a Christmas cake for which I made my own marzipan - check me out. Baker Jan lol

Stilton and Pecan Twist

I'm loving Paul Hollywood book 'How to Bake' and had a go at his Stilton and Pecan Twist. I have slightly altered it though - just don't tell him πŸ˜†I decided it would be even better with a mix of white and wholemeal flour.

I must say I know very little about baking but when I read the water had to be cold I thought it was a bit odd. But if you take time to read the beginning of the book (page 13) as I did, there's a very interesting bit about water temperature.

Paul Hollywood says although it's true that warm water helps the dough rise quickly but it means you will lose flavour. Slower-rising dough grows and forms pockets of carbon dioxide in exactly the same way but as the fermentation process is longer the bread will taste better. How very interesting. Anyway besides water temperature there's loads of other amazing baking information in his book too.

Print Recipe

350g strong white bread flour
150g strong stoneground wholemeal bread flour
10g salt
10g instant yeast (sometimes called easy bake)
30g unsalted butter - softened
320g cool water - 15°C
Olive oil for kneading
200g Stilton - crumbled
150g pecan nut halves

Of course you can do all this by hand it's just a lot easier with a mixer.
Tip the flour into the mixing bowl and add the salt to one side of the bowl and the yeast to the other and fit the dough hook. Add the butter and three-quarters of the water and set the machine to a medium speed. Continue adding the rest of the water until all the flour has been picked up from the sides of the bowl.

Bread dough

Let the machine do most of the work for you by setting it to speed 3 or 4 for a few minutes.
Now coat the work surface with a little olive oil and tip the dough onto it. Knead it by hand for a few minutes to get it nice and smooth and silky.
You don't want the dough too wet, just soft and not soggy so if you need to add a tiny bit more flour or water.

Put the dough into a large lightly oiled mixing bowl and cover the bowl not the bread with clingfilm. Put it in a warm place until it has doubled in size. It will take a hour at least but you can leave it longer even up to 3 hours. The important thing is not to be in a rush or your bread won't be nice.

Line a baking tray with baking parchment.

Add half the Stilton and half of the pecan halves to the dough and work them in well. This is probably best done by hand. Now add the rest and work that into the dough.

Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide it into two. Roll each piece into a sausage about 30cm (12 inches) long. Now twist the two together - hold them together at one end and spin them says Paul Hollywood! But with that said I managed to do it so give it a go πŸ˜‰it does work. Then tuck each end under so it doesn't come undone.

Cover the tray lightly with clingfilm and leave to prove for an hour or until the dough is at least double in size and springs back when you gently prod it with your finger.

Heat the oven to 220°C/430°F
Dust the twist with flour and bake for 30 minutes. When it's ready it will sound hollow when tapped on the base. Cool on a wire rack.

Stilton and Pecan Twist on cooling rack

The Kenwood Chef Elite is a fantastic machine and has certainly got me into making loads more than I usually would. I'll be posting a few more recipes where I use the Dicing attachment and also the Continuous Slicer/Grater attachment.

Kenwood Chef Elite

At the time of writing I notice the machine is currently out of stock over at the Kenwood website but it is still available over at Amazon and at a great price too.

Disclosure: I did not receive payment for this post but I did receive a Kenwood Chef Elite. I truly love this machine and use it almost every day. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not required to write anything positive. 

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