Poh-vee-tee-sah. That’s how it’s called. And it’s been such a teaser since I first laid eyes on it. Magnificent isn’t she?
This bread was one of the challenges on the Great British Baking Show, and I’ve never seen bread being made this way. Neither had the contestants (save one), which made for a very interesting episode!
This bread is the embodiment of the philosophy “True beauty lies on the inside”. From the time you shape the roll, and try to ease it into the tin, it feels like a giant sausage, and I feared the filling would burst out at any minute. Ugly, ugly looking thing it was. And when you take it out of the oven, it is so misshapen and bumpy to look at. Oh! but when you take that first slice – perfection! Really does surprise you!
Then roll! Simply lift the bed sheet on one end, and watch how it rolls itself. If that’s too scary for you as it was for me, then just do it by hand, forming it into one long ‘tube’.
Then you lay it gently into the prepped tin, lassoing it over itself to form two loops. Cover and let it rise for an hour.
This was one of my more interesting projects and I had tremendous fun making it. This is a dessert bread, I must warn you, and it is sweet. The walnuts and the cocoa make for a very fragrant house, even before it is put into the oven, and for several hours after. And if you aren’t contesting on some TV show with the timer running, this is a very fun and relaxing bread to bake on special weekends with friends and family abound.