Stuffed Pain d’epi

It is so good that the summers are finally over. Not that it was too hot in Bangalore for most of May but I was visiting the hotter parts of the country and felt the full heat of the summer. Literally! But now we have rain and the weather is, well, not hot. That should do for now. Also, the school season starts and while I am a little sad to see the daughter growing up so quickly, I am also partly relieved that I would get a little more time on my own to finish up the ever long to-do list.

I made this bread couple of days ago when the husband suddenly decided to work from home and the daughter wanted something tasty for the evening. I had some dough left in the fridge and some coriander pesto and carrot pesto. So I mixed up the two pestos and stuffed it in the bread and cut it up. They didn’t even let me take pictures because they were in a tearing hurry to gobble it up. So all I have are these hastily clicked ones on my phone. Both of them loved it so much that we finished the entire loaf and skipped dinner. There is no better feeling than that – not having to make dinner, that is. It’s a blessing!

The coriander pesto again, was a result of the fridge cleaning I did a while back. I had some coriander, mint and paneer that needed to be used up. Then this awesome lady, Archana of The Mad Scientist’s Kitchen, visited Bangalore and gifted me a packet of cashew nibs. Ever since I have been churning out pesto after pesto. The creaminess from the cashew is irresistible and combined with the flavour of coriander and a bit of mint, it was heavenly. The carrot pesto recipe and story is for another day….

Serves 2-3


1 portion of dough from here

1 small bunch of coriander

Few mint leaves

1/4 cup paneer

1/4 cup cashew nibs (or finely chopped cashews)

2-3 tbsp olive oil



  • Follow the recipe for the pain d’epi from my previous post till the first rise
  • Take the coriander, mint, paneer,cashew and salt in a blender jar
  • Blend to a coarse paste
  • Add olive oil as needed and blend to a smooth paste
  • Preheat the oven to 250 C with a tray at the bottom rack
  • Take out the dough and roll it out to a 10* 8 inch rectangle
  • Apply the pesto generously on the dough
  • Roll up the dough into a long tube and place it on a greased baking tray
  • Cut a small portion of the dough from one side with a pair of scissors and place it on one side as shown in the picture

  • Bake for 25-30 minutes till the bread is richly brown
  • Take out the tray from the oven and cool for 5-10 minutes
  • Serve warm
  • Enjoy!


  1. The coriander pesto can be made and frozen for a month.

This is my post for the Blogging Marathon under the theme, ‘Stuffed Dishes’.


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16 Comments Add yours

  1. Varada says:

    The bread looks lovely even with your phone pics. Goa cashews are known for their creamy texture. That is always on my list when I visit.

  2. Srivalli Jetti says:

    Lady making pain depi is tough enough and you go stuff it as well!…well for a pro baker, this is a child’s play! really cracked me up here.. “not having to make dinner, that is”..Oh I so hear you!..The bread looks so yum and wish you bake it for me when you come down here!

  3. chefkreso says:

    Looks really tasty, love the decoration, really inspiring!

  4. What a beautiful loaf Sowmya. That pesto stuffed rolls must be absolutely yummy.

  5. The bread looks delicious and so crunchy … I till date use my phone only for pics…the pics are good

  6. Priya Suresh says:

    How pretty and catchy this pain d epi looks. And those pesto stuffed bread looks absolutely stunning and ultimate Sowmya.

  7. Nalini says:

    Beautiful loaf,looks delicious.The picture looks nice.

  8. Wow ! The bread looks stunning with that pesto ! Cleaning a Frig can give such awesome results , right ? Super layers and a pretty looking bread .

  9. harini says:

    I really understand ‘not having to make dinner’ 🙂 Superb stuffing for the epi.

  10. Suma Gandlur says:

    The pesto stuffing must be a fabulous one for this bread.

  11. Annapurnaz says:

    Oh! This bread looks so fancy and delicious. I’m feeling hungry now 🙂

  12. Suja Ram says:

    Thats a lovely bread with a flavourful Pesto stuffing!

  13. Mireille Roc says:

    wow – so gorgeous the way you have shaped the dough

  14. Such a beautiful loaf.. Absolutely delicious and looks beautiful…

  15. Haha, it is indeed nice when folks are so full with snacks[and a healthy one at that!] and we can skip dinner prep! The bread looks awesome and like Srivalli said, its definitely a child’s play for a pro like you!!

  16. OMG! That is a amazing bread and I would not mind it as my dinner. Love the green spread…I would be making some basil pesto soon and I will give this a try. The boys will have a blast shaping the bread with me.

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