I won’t bore you with some random story about the origin of a recipe; hence, here’s the recipe for glorious cheese bread! Adapted from Seasons and Suppers‘ Soft Cheese Bread recipe.

Ingredients

  • 6 1/2 cups unbleached bread flour
  •  1 Tbsp. coarse kosher salt
  • 5 Tbsp white sugar
  • 1 cup lukewarm water at about 95F-110F
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp lukewarm buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp instant yeast
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup of minced fresh thyme

Directions

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flour, salt and sugar together.
  • In a large bowl, combine the water and buttermilk and whisk in the yeast until dissolved.
  • Add this mixture, along with the vegetable oil, to the dry ingredients. Mix with the dough hook of a stand mixer, until the mixture is combined, about 2 minutes. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes.
  • Continue mixing the dough, adding more flour or water, as needed, until the dough becomes soft, smooth and tacky, but not sticky.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for a couple of minutes, then form dough into a ball. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit at room temperature until doubled in size (about 60-90 minutes).
  • Divide the dough into 2 equal pieces. Dust each with a bit of flour and then, using a rolling pin, roll into a rectangle approximately 10 inches wide and 16 inches long.
  • Spread shredded cheddar and herbs evenly over the surface of the dough. Starting with the shortest side, roll the dough up, starting on small side, and pinch the seam together.
  • Grease two 8-inch by 4-inch loaf pans and set aside.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut the roll of dough down the center, lengthwise. Rotate each piece so that the cut sides are facing upward and place them side-by-side. Pinch together the farthest end. Keeping the cuts sides facing upwards as much as possible, place the right-side piece over the left-side piece. Straighten it up and then repeat, pinching together the end closest to you. If any cheese escapes, just place it back on top. Using a bench scraper or spatula, carefully lift the dough into the greased loaf pan. Repeat with the other dough log, then cover both with a greased piece of plastic wrap and allow to rise until the dough rises to about 1-inch above the side of the pans in the middle.
  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Bake for 45-50 minutes total, but after 25 minutes of baking, rotate pans front-to-back in the oven and loosely cover with a piece of aluminum foil if necessary (if bread is already well-browned), to prevent the top from over-browning. Bread should reach about 185° internal temperature in the center.
  • Remove the bread from the oven and allow to cool in the pans for a couple of minutes. Run a sharp knife around the edge of the bread and carefully remove the loaves to a cooling rack. Allow to cool for 1 hour before slicing.

Happy Baking!

Posted by:Aisha Pectyo

Astrophysicist turned data rockstar who speaks code and has enough yarn and mod podge to survive a zombie apocalypse.

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