Saturday, January 14, 2012

Herb and Cheese Bread

I am having a bread love-fest at the moment - and want to share some lovely old classic recipes I have been stumbling on in the old bible (also known as Mum's recipe book!).

For me there is nothing more gorgeous than a house filled with the wafting smell of bread and sitting down with a slab of butter and warm bread at the table!!!  Yum!  I hope you enjoy these bread recipes as much as I have been!

A classic - Herb and Cheese Bread.

Herb and Cheese Bread


Ingredients


















  • 15g of fresh or 1 sachet of dry yeast
  • 1 3/4 cups lukewarm to warm water
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 3/4 to 5 cups plain flour
  • 125g of natural sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs (parsley, dill, oregano) or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried herb leaves
  • 1 egg, beaten, for glazing

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup of the water.  Combine salt and remaining water; stir in yeast.  Stir in enough of the flour to make a stiff dough.  Cover; leave to rest for 5 minutes.

On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough until smooth and elastic, 8 to 10 minutes.  Place in a greased bowl; cover and let rise in warm place until tripled in volume, about one hour should do it.  Punch the dough down; let it rise again until doubled, about 45 minutes more.

Turn dough out on to floured surface; sprinkle with cheese and herbs; knead just until it all comes together.  Use 2/3 of the dough to shape and fill a greased loaf tin.  

Roll remaining dough into a french stick, 25 to 30 cm long; place on a baking tray sprinkled with flour.  

Cover loaves; let rise again until doubled, 45 to 60 mins.  Brush loaf only with egg glaze.

Bake together in a very hot oven (brush or spray the french stick lightly with water as it goes into the oven and then again after 2 minutes.  Remove the french stick after about 20minutes or when done, reduce oven temperature to hot (180 degrees) Continue baking until loaf is cooked and browned, 5 to 10 minutes more.  Cool on wire racks.

Yum! Herb and Cheese goodness!

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Cocinar, comer y ser feliz!
Leticia

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