The Ham & Gruyere Rolls recipe that I posted a few weeks ago was so well-received (please try it), I decided to shake things up a bit and use a similar concept with fresh homemade Basil Pesto and grated Cheddar. There was one very significant change to the dough recipe (which is loosely based on the “fathead” concept): I experimented with extra-fine almond flour instead of regular almond flour. Some adjustments had to be made to the remaining ingredients, but the texture was exactly what I was after and the BONUS factor was that the raw ‘dough’ was SO much easier to work with! If you choose to follow this recipe, please use extra-fine almond flour – I cannot guarantee successful results if you don’t. I titled them “rustic” because while they do puff and rise, they lop to the side and look exactly like something that is made at home with love (that’s how we all cook, right?) Regarding the basil pesto, I really don’t want to blow smoke up my own… but my fresh, homemade basil pesto is simple unbeatable. It takes a few minutes to make and is SO worth the effort..
Combine the extra-fine almond flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl. Whisk the egg well in a separate bowl.
In a third, wide-bottomed bowl, add the grated mozzarella and cream cheese. This is what you should have ready:
NOTE: If you are concerned about the small amount of potato starch in some store-bought ready-grated mozzarella, you could use fresh mozzarella. However if you do, roughly chop the fresh mozzarella into small pieces. (We melt it anyway, but in this way you can ensure even melting.)
Place the bowl of cheese in the microwave for 1 min 20 seconds, until the cheese completely melts. VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: If you chose to use fresh mozzarella, you MUST tip out all the excess liquid which separates from the melted cheese as this will make your mixture far too runny. (You won't have this issue when using store-bought ready-grated mozzarella. Macros for this recipe are based on the latter, but I switch up the kind of mozzarella I use in my fathead dough recipes, and as long as I tip out excess moisture from the fresh kind - they are inter-changeable, so use whichever you prefer.)
While the cheese in the microwave, place the almond flour mixture into a mini food processor.
Immediately tip the melted cheese mixture into the mini food processor. Blitz well. You may have to stop and scrape down the bowl, or in some cases, unwrap the stringy mozzarella which might 'wrap' around your blade, and blitz until combined.
Add the egg and continue to mix until it comes together as a sticky dough. NOTE - if you feel like your 'dough' is far too 'wet', add a tablespoon of almond flour. You shouldn't have this problem if you tipped out ALL the excess watery liquid after melting the (fresh) mozzarella. (And you won't have this problem at all if using store-bought, ready grated mozzarella.)
Tip the dough out onto a long sheet of baking parchment paper. Cover with a second long sheet of parchment paper and use a rolling pin to roll out a long, rectangle. Use a pastry scraper to neaten up the rectangle, the 'dough' is easy to manipulate and spread.
Lift the top sheet of parchment and use a silicon spatula to spread on the basil pesto.
Cover with the grated Cheddar..
This is where it gets a bit tricky: roll the dough up, but do so gently, using a pastry scraper to move things along and assist the dough from lifting from the paper. Continue until you have a solid 'log'.
Now, run a sharp knife under boiling hot tap water and slice the cylinder into 4 pieces, running the knife under hot water between each slice. This makes it easier to slice through without 'squashing' the dough. (I hope you have a good quality knife that you sharpen daily.)
Place the pieces cut-side up in a baking dish lined with baking parchment paper.
Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, then (without opening the oven door), switch the oven off and leave the rolls in there to finish baking in the residual heat for another 5 minutes. DELICIOUS!
The full macro-breakdown (and allergens) can be found further down the page.
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Macro Details per serving
Nutritional Information per serving
Calories 552Kcal / 2310kJ
Fat 48g of which saturates 17g Carbohydrates 4.5g (for my US readers, these are what you refer to as net carbs. See below*) of which sugars 2.3g
*Note for US readers: The recipes on this site show the carbohydrates which should be counted on keto (in this case: it's 4.5g). Here in the UK, our nutritional breakdown information displays a carbohydrate count that has already had the dietary fibre subtracted (and displayed separately) - and it’s indicated this way throughout the site. In short, you need not subtract anything further.
Wheat (may be found in the baking powder)
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