Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Cheese Bread Recipe

I've made a second loaf of cheese bread today. It's only just a regular loaf of bread with a bit of shredded cheese in it but it's SO yummy! I must say I absolutely love the aroma that fills the house when bread is baking in the oven. This second try at the recipe turned out just as good (only my loaf was a bit more wobbly looking... I've yet to learn to make a pretty loaf of bread)

This recipe is from a Martha Day Complete Baking recipe book.

Ingredients:                                               Cost $1.75 for one loaf
1 package active dry yeast                                    .50
1 cup of luke warm milk                                         .20
2 tablespoons melted butter cooled a bit                 .20          
3 cups flour                                                           .35
2 teaspoons of salt                                                  ?
1 cup of grated sharp cheddar cheese                    .50

*I used all purpose unbleached flour. The book specifically says bread flour for several other recipes but not for this one so I am fairly certain that this recipe calls for an all purpose flour.

1. Stir together the milk and yeast and leave for 15 minutes to dissolve.

2. Add the melted butter to the milk yeast mixture. (The yeast is alive so if you pour hot butter onto it you'll likely kill it. Letting the melted butter cool for a little bit prevents it from killing the yeast. But you still need melted butter.)

3. Mix the flour and salt together in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and pour in the yeast mixture.

4. With a wooden spoon stir from the center incorporating flour with each turn to obtain a rough dough. If the dough seems too dry, add 2-3 tablespoons of water.

5. Transfer to a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic. Return to the bowl, cover, and leave to rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, 2-3 hours.

6. Grease a 9x5 inch bread pan. Punch down the dough with your fist. Knead in the cheese, distributing it as evenly as possible.

7. Twist the dough, form into a loaf shape, and place in the pan, tucking the ends under. Leave in a warm place until the dough rises above the rim of the pan. (Rising about the rim took a much longer time for mine than I'd anticipated but patience is a very important part of bread making.)

8. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Bake for 15 minutes, then lower the heat to 375 degrees F and bake until the bottom sounds hollow when tapped, about 30 minutes more. Cool on a rack.


  1. I love bread once it is done, but I hate the smell of it cooking! I worked in a laboratory where anaerobic bacteria petri-dishes were autoclaved twice a week and it started off smelling like baking bread, but then turned to an awful - cannot even describe it smell. Basically, it turned me off baking bread. I do love the results though!

    1. Oh goodness, that's crazy. That'd be like something ruining the smell of roses or fresh brewed coffee. Yikes.

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    1. :) My favorite part is while little Abe eats it he keeps making yum sounds, "mmm, mmm, mmmm." I'm glad I've a very appreciative little boy.

  3. Hi :) If you make bread often, I would recommend buying the brick of instant yeast and keeping it in a sealed conatiner in the freezer. It will last up to 2 years in the freezer. It's about $3.79 in my local grocery store for a one pound package. 2.5 teaspoons equals 1 packet of yeast. Each one of those pouches is .25 ounces, so you could get about 64 loaves of bread from the brick. I've used this yeast in my bread maker, in french bread, in rolls, in pizza dough, in cinnamon rolls, and never had a problem with it working. It would cost about $.40-.45 less for each loaf of bread. I plan to make this bread this weekend, with jalapenos :)

    1. Thanks for the excellent money saving advice. I hadn't heard of a brick of yeast. I have only made a few loaves of bread so far but I'll look into it. The cheese bread with jalapenos sounds really good too!

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    1. You are very welcome. I would not have posted it if you had not asked. Please let me know if you end up making it :)

  5. I've never baked bread! So happy the little guy likes it!:)

    1. Oh my goodness, you must! I think you'd love it so much!!! Please bake bread this week, please, please, please!