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Are you looking to elevate your bread baking skills with a unique twist? Learn how to make Wild Garlic & Cheddar Tearing Bread with this step-by-step guide.

Step One: Activating the Yeast

In a small bowl, mix up a teaspoon of sugar and dried yeast, then add enough lukewarm water to cover. This is essential to ensure that your yeast is live and fresh. Alternatively, you can add it directly into a well of mixed flour and salt.

You will know the yeast is activated once it's frothed up, indicating that it's ready to be incorporated into the dough.

Step Two: Mixing the Dough

After activating the yeast, pour 150ml milk, 150ml of lukewarm water, and 4 tablespoons of oil into a jug. Mix well to combine the ingredients.

Next, gradually add the yeast mixture to the flour and salt, incorporating it with the milk and water mixture. Knead the dough until it's smooth and elastic. Leave the dough to rise until doubled in size.

Step Three: Make your pesto

Whilst the dough is rising, you can start preparing your pesto. Finely chop your wild garlic as per the photo below, transfer into a small dish and add two tablespoons of olive oil. Mix this and put away in the fridge until needed later. 

Step Four: Lighting the fire

How we lit our firepit:

We used the top-down method when starting our fire. Simply place 2 Flaming Firewood logs on the bottom of the firepit and lay your KindleFlamer between them. Place a couple of smaller logs on top of the KindleFlamer but make sure to leave gaps for air circulation. Light the KindleFlamer and hey presto!... the perfect fire.

Once your fire is going, add four to five more logs onto it. As advised above, choose smaller logs which will burn through quicker in order to get enough coals on which you can place your dutch oven. If your logs are still fully burning, they will give out too much heat and hence burn your bread as opposed to cooking in. 

Step Four: Preparing the Bread

Split your risen dough into 3 identical smaller balls. With each of your dough balls, roll it into a long sausage-like shape.  Once you have all three dough balls into the desired shape, you can start to plait inside the Dutch oven which you need to line with baking parchment first (you don't want your bread sticking to the Dutch oven). 

Step Five: Creating the Garlicky-Magic

With a pastry brush, spread your garlicky pesto onto the proven dough. Then add grated cheese on top.

Step Six: Cooking

Make sure the wood has burnt through so that you have no larger pieces left burning. Spread the hot wood coals in your firepit safely use a long-handled tool like a shovel or poker to create a space for your Dutch oven. You want a thin layer of coals on the bottom of the firepit onto which you place your Dutch oven. Then scoop up some wood coals with a shovel and place carefully on the Dutch oven lid. Leave cooking for approximately half an hour. 

Step Seven: The Good Part

Once baked, the Wild Garlic & Cheddar Tearing Bread should be golden brown and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom. Allow the bread to cool slightly before tearing into it and enjoying the delicious combination of flavors.


By following these steps, you can create a delectable loaf of Wild Garlic & Cheddar Tearing Bread that will impress your family and friends. Get ready to savor the aroma and taste of this unique bread creation!