Cheese Bread

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So I have been having a good run at home what with baking more breads (especially this cheese bread) as compared to cookies or cake. But I will soon be caught out by the family and made to bake something sweet. Till then we can enjoy this awesome looking and delicious cheese bread.

Why I like this bread?

This cheese bread is a fabulous braided bread which looks pretty and tastes amazing. It is stuffed with cheddar cheese and mixed herbs which makes it a perfect snack or breakfast or actually an anytime eat. I used cheddar but I am thinking a sharper cheese would have resulted in a tastier loaf.

For other similar braided breads, check out Challah, Estonian Kringle and Insalata Caprese Loaf

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Recipe adapted from here

Makes one 8″ loaf

WHAT WE NEED

400 gms All purpose flour

2 1/4 tsp Instant yeast

2 1/2 tbsp Sugar

1 tsp Salt

1/2 cup Lukewarm water

70 gms Milk

1 tsp Vinegar

28 gms Butter, melted

120 gms Cheddar cheese

2 tbsp Mixed dried herbs

WHAT TO DO

  • Mix the milk with vinegar and set aside for 5 minutes
  • In a large bowl, add the flour, yeast, sugar, salt, milk mixture, water and butter
  • Mix together to form a smooth dough
  • Cover the bowl and set aside till the dough doubles, around 1 hour
  • Grease an 8*4″ loaf pan
  • Transfer the dough to a well floured surface
  • Roll out the dough to a 10″*16″ rectangle
  • Sprinkle the cheese and herbs on the dough
  • Roll thee dough on the shorter side into a tube and pinch the ends to seal
  • Cut the dough into two parts vertically leaving out only one end joined
  • Braid the two parts of the dough such that the cut sides are upwards
  • Pinch the ends together to seal and place it in the loaf pan
  • Cover and set aside till the dough rises slightly above the pan
  • Preheat the oven to 175C
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes
  • Rotate the pan after 25 minutes
  • If the bread browns after 25 minutes, then cover with foil
  • Cool the bread for 5 minutes in the pan and then unmould and cool completely, around 1 hour
  • Enjoy!

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