Cheesy Bread – a beautiful marriage
The second I saw this recipe I knew I had to try it. I enjoy making yeast breads, and have had great success making cheesy biscuits. But cheese bread? Absolutely necessary. But like happens, and a balance of healthy and unhealthy foods needs to be achieved, so it took a few weeks before I put plan into action. But I finally did, and the result was both glorious and addictive.
For once I used a straight-forward recipe Cheesy Puff Pull Apart Bread although I did make a few adjustments
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 envelope yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup water
6 ounces sharp cheddar cheese (grated)
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flours, sugar, salt and yeast, and stir to mix. In a small saucepan heat milk and 2 tablespoons of butter over low heat until butter is just melted, then add water. Add milk mixture to the flour and stir to combine (either with dough hooks or a spoon). Add the egg and 3-4 ounces of the grated cheese. Knead (dough should be slightly sticky) and let rise for 1 hour. It is important to use sharp cheese – cheddar or something else strong. Cooking cheese mellows it out, so if you want the cheese flavor to come through, make sure you start with a fairly intense cheese.
The assembly is the only part that sounded tricky to me, but its easy. Roll out with dough into a large rectangle/square thing. The exact size and shape doesn’t really matter too much. Brush with butter, then sprinkle with cheese. Cut into strips, and layer them on top of each other.
Than cut the giant pile into six square-ish pieces and stick them sideways in a loaf pan. See – easy.
The result was amazingly delicious. It really was something I just kept eating, because a couple pieces was never enough. In theory you can pull apart this bread, and for the most part that was true. However, sometimes the pieces were a bit too large, and so they needed to be sliced in half. But that’s just me being nit-picky. I just ate the bread with butter, but it would probably taste good with jam, or apples too.