Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Cheese Bread

I love bread, and I love cheese.  So if you put both together, it is absolutely incredible, in my eyes at least.  I've picked up a few loaves of cheddar bread baked at our local grocery store, and I have been on the lookout for a good recipe but hadn't seen anything.  And then came yesterday!  I had some surgery, which frankly had me far more afraid than normal people, but I am not that normal.  Anyway, my wonderfully attentive boyfriend pampered me all day once I got home; this included getting me Tylenol, tea, dinner, and - get ready for it  - my very own giant Cuisinart Premier Series 11-Cup Food Processor!  What better medicine for a girl than to hand her a brand spanking new food processor when she has been complaining about her 40-year-old one!  It was very sweet.  Of course, he then begged me to use it all day, but I was too sore.  Today I was feeling a lot better, and ready to bake some cheese bread!  The recipe book that came with the food processor had a recipe for cheese bread, and I was pretty excited to give it a shot with my new fancy schmancy machine!

What is cool about my processor is that it has a "dough" setting and a dough blade, so it can be used to make breads and do your kneading for you.  First I had to shred my own cheese; now you know I love shredding my own anyway for quality reasons, but it does take a long time.  Or, should I say, it did!  With the shredding attachment, I shredded half a block of cheddar in seconds.  It was pretty cool.  Then the dough got mixed right in the processor.  It rose beautifully, and it gets a nice airy texture because you roll the dough into a jelly roll shape before you put it in a loaf pan. 

I am quite happy with the final results.  There may be nothing better than warm cheese bread with sharp cheddar mixed inside!  I loved it.  I know that Nick will love it too because we share an affinity for cheese breads.  Probably Mom will hate it because it "has flavor" but that's okay because Nick and I will take care of it!

I'll post the recipe, even though it calls for the food processor to be used.  I am very sure you could make the bread without it and juse use a mixer, if you're not as lucky as I am with my new processor:) Love you, Marky!


cheese bread

from the Cuisinart Premier Series 11-Cup Food Processor Recipe Book

1  1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup warm water (105 - 115 degrees)
4 ounces extra sharp cheddar cheese
4  1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut in 1-inch pieces
1  1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup fat free milk (I used 1%)
cooking spray


1)  In a 2-cup measuring cup, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water.  Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.

2) Insert medium shredding disc and shred cheese.  Leave work in bowl.  Remove shredding disc and insert dough blade.  Add flour, butter and salt; process to combine, about 20 seconds.

3)  Add milk to yeast mixture.  With machine running on dough speed, pour milk mixture through small feed tube as fast as the flour will absorb itand process until dough cleans the side of the work bowl.  Then process for 45 seconds to knead dough.  Place dough in a lightly floured plastic food storage bag and seal top.  Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 - 1 1/2 hours.

4) Spray one 9 x 5-inch loaf with cooking spray. Place dough on a lightly floured surface aand punch down.  Roll dough in a 9 x 5-inch rectangle  Beginning with the short end, roll up the dough jelly roll-fashion.  Pinch the seam and ends tightly to seal.  Place in greased loaf pan and cover with plastic wrap coated with vegetable cooking spray.  Let rise for 45 minutes.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

5) Bake until top is well browned and loaf sounds hollow when tapped, about 35-40 minutes.  Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.

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