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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20 Comments Add yours

  1. Priya Suresh says:

    Wow, cheese bread looks absolutely incredible. Wish i get few slices of this bread especially i love that dry herbs addition. Beautiful bread there.

  2. The bread look real rustic and with cheese , it must be a flavour to die for . Feel like grabbing it from the screen .

  3. Beautifully braided cheese bread Sowmya. This would make an amazing centre piece on a festive day.

  4. That bread look so pretty and definitely that cheese and herbs makes it even more tempting…

  5. Kalyani says:

    Till I learn (from you ) on how to bake on how to dish out such perfectly turned out breads, I will continue to ogle at them ! Classic , rustic look of the bread is so inviting !

  6. Sharmila says:

    I should try this! I always plan to make some yeast breads but skip it because of laziness.

  7. Pavani says:

    That is such a pretty looking bread AND it has cheese – LOVE it. I think my family would really enjoy this one. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  8. Nalini says:

    Perfectly braided cheese bread,would love to have few slices.

  9. The Cheese and toppings is definitely a winner.. Such a beautiful crumb and you have made it so beautiful..

  10. Srivalli Jetti says:

    OMG Sowmya this one is so tempting me, which other cheese do you suggest?..I have only cheddar myself..so sinful and inviting…this is really bread therapy yaar!

    1. Sowmya:) says:

      If you have only cheddar then you can add some spice powder to pack a punch in the bread. Happy baking!

  11. chefmireille says:

    what a gorgeous looking loaf and I am sure it tastes as good as it looks!

  12. FoodTrails says:

    What a beautiful bake!! I loved the color of the bread so nicely it has come out, must be so full of flavours and aroma of herbs!!

  13. This I am bookmarking to bake for my son. He loves cheese and he loves bread and this bread looks too good.

  14. Priya Srinivasan says:

    oh yumm sowmya, that is oneperfectly done braid!!! color on top is sooo gorgeous!!!

  15. Suma Gandlur says:

    The braided bread looks fabulous. Cheese must have added great flavor to it.

  16. Renu Agrawal Dongre says:

    Love the beautiful braiding you have done to the bread and with cheese and herbs , it would have sure tasted yum.

  17. Varada says:

    The variations in the braided crust looks awesome. Lovely golden brown bake.

  18. Pavani says:

    Braided cheese bread looks so beautiful and delicious with a golden crust.

  19. Annapurnaz says:

    Beautiful bread Sowmya…..This cheese and herbed bread must have tasted awesome, I’m sure of that.

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