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Italian buns

Calories per serving 215.

ingredients

makes 8 buns.
450 g (1 lb) strong white flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 sachet easy blend yeast
1 teaspoon caster sugar
15 g (1/2 oz) fresh basil, torn
25 g (1 oz) stoned green or black olives, diced
300 ml (10 fl oz) hand hot water
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
freshly ground mixed pepper

method

1. Sift the flour into a warmed mixing bowl. Stir in the salt, yeast, sugar basil and olives.

2. Add the water and, using clean hands, bring the mixture together to form a dough ball. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for 5 minutes.

3. Place the dough in a clean bowl, cover with a damp tea towel and leave it to rise for I hour

4. Turn the dough out on to a clean surface and knead again for 1 minutes. Shape the dough into eight balls. Arrange them on a non stick baking tray, and cover them with a damp tea towel. Leave to rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes.

5. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 6/200°C/fan oven 180°C. Brush the tops of the buns with olive oil and sprinkle the surface with a little freshly ground mixed pepper

6. Bake the buns for 15 - 20 minutes until the bases sound hollow when tapped.

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