Red Pepper, Tomato and Paneer Stuffed Lattice Bread

During the last short school break my daughter was tired of the same old afternoon snack and I wanted to try something new. I happened to see this picture on Pinterest and decided I had to make it. It looked like one of those breads that you can have fun while shaping.

I looked in the refrigerator for ideas on what I could use as the filling. I found some left over yellow pepper that had to be used up and some paneer. I added some cherry tomatoes, some fresh thyme and some dried herbs. In no time I had a very flavorful filling. When I began to knead dough for my favorite bread dough recipe my daughter became curious. She wanted to know what I was baking. I think I fed her too many stuffed buns and she kept asking if I was making some more. I won't be making stuffed buns for a while. She was glad I was making something different and offered to help. We had a great time making this stuffed bread. It is a fun activity with kids especially those old enough to handle a knife.

This is the first of 26 baked recipes I plan on posting this month. The theme this week is fun bakes - fun to make and not just fun to eat.

You will need (for 8 pieces)
2 1/2 cups whole white wheat flour
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. Instant yeast
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. water
3/4 cup milk

2 roasted yellow pepper
2 tsp. olive oil
8-10 cherry tomatoes
1/2 onion, diced
1 tsp. fresh thyme
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
salt to taste
4 oz. paneer, chopped

Herb oil
1 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. savory
3 tbsp. olive oil

In a small bowl combine all the ingredients for the herb oil and keep aside until needed. Combine all the ingredients for the dough in a mixing bowl and form into a soft dough. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 5-8 minutes. Cover and keep aside until it doubles in volume, about an hour and a half.

Meanwhile prep the vegetables. Roast the peppers on a baking sheet covered with foil in the oven set to broil. Then wrap them in the foil for 15 minutes, unwrap, skin the peppers, removed the seeds and dice them. Keep aside.

To prepare the sauce heat oil in a pan and add the tomatoes, onions and all the herbs. Cook it down until almost dry. Add salt to taste and turn off the heat. Mix in the diced roasted peppers and paneer. Allow it to cool.

Preheat oven to 400 F. When the dough has risen transfer it to a flat working surface. Cut it into two and save one portion. Using a little flour to keep it from sticking form a round ball.

Roll it into a large thin disc.

Cut into quarters. Cut a pattern on one of the quarters as shown below.

Brush the top with the herb oil.

Place some of the filling in the center.

Fold the sides over the filling first from the right and then from the left.

Fold in the bottom layer and seal with the top. Transfer to a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Repeat for the other quarters. Then repeat for the second portion of dough. Brush the top with the remaining herb oil.

Bake in the preheated 400 F oven for 15-18 minutes or the tops are brown.

The bread tastes best when hot out of the oven.



  1. Wow! What a way to start the BM!!!!This is indeed a fun theme.Loved the shape and thanks for the step by step pics!

  2. Looks awesome Varada, you make it sound so simple and easy to whip up some lovely baked dishes!..

  3. Amazing shape varada! ! I m loving this totally, the shape itself would make kids attracted to this beautiful bread! !

  4. Beautiful start to the marathon... Loving the artistic shape it has...

  5. Nice theme Varada and bread wow very interesting bookmarked.

  6. Wow, you make this bread look so simple! Now I am all excited to see what you have in store for us all this month.

  7. Stunning looking Lattice bread. Your breads have been an inspiration to me. Shall try this out sometime.

  8. That is such a show stopper Varada. Great way to start the marathon. Anxiously looking forward to all your bakes this month.

  9. Varadha you know i was expecting something really interesting from you and there you are! Fantastic , beautifully crafted , a dream bread:))

  10. OMG!!!This bread looks stunning!!!Can i use our regular aata for the mentioned whole wheat flour? Shall bake this soon

  11. I guess you have inspired many to try out this shape! I am a bit intimidated by bread and slowly working towards it. But when I make up my mind and bake some, you can be sure this is going to be one of the bakes :-)

  12. Stunning bread Varada! I might just try to recreate it during this BM itself! Totally inspired by your breads and looking forward to ask your goodies this month!

  13. Thats a marvellous lattice bread,simply am in love with the shape, beautifully baked Varada..

  14. OMG.. I need to learn how to perfect the shapes from you. Loving it :-)

  15. isnt this your month honestly? i am so eagerly waiting to capture all your 26 recipes, this one lives up the expectations completely and i cannot wait to try this one

  16. Love the shape of the bread and such a great recipe to start the BM..Absolutely delicious and gorgeous looking stuffed bread..

  17. Interesting pattern Varada..Seems like crown. Baked perfectly with lovely pictorial.

  18. Varada, I am just stunned by your bake....I love it to the extent that I might just make it even before the mega marathon ends :)

  19. Thank you for all your kind comments.

  20. The bread looks stunning!!! What a way to start the BM mega marathon!!!

  21. I have been waiting for all your amazing bread recipes for this BM. This is a fantastic start. The rolls look fabulous Varada...

  22. Mind blowing !! and thats a cute sub theme - Fun bakes :-)) look forward.. I think my EO would definitely want me to do something like this along with me.. bookmarking to try :-))

  23. These lattice breads are looking like little crowns and are pretty fabulous. What a fun theme you have picked. :)

  24. An awesome lattice bread, looks pretty. Well done.

  25. Varada this is awesome. What a start to BM Love the bread and wish I can make it right now. Bookmarking it.

  26. you are one fantastic baker , the lattice looks so professional and you have done a fantastic job :)


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