Friday, February 4, 2011

Cheddar-Stuffed Crusty Loaves

Oh yes!
You read the title right. I made you want the recipe, didn't it?

Growing up, the Schwan's man would come and knock at our door once a week. He knew that he would be greeted by a teenage girl, with a blank check. He also knew if he did not have any cheesy bread in his truck, he would be in trouble.
You know, I don't even think they sell it anymore.

My three sisters and I used to go through these loaves like water.
We would sit around the coffee table with M T.V. in the background, eating, talking about boys, sharing secrets, complaining, laughing. It was before we had real responsibilities. Before we knew what we wanted to be when we grew up.
My mom was always so nice to leave that blank check every week. She knew we needed our cheesy bread time together. I don't even know if she got to eat any of it.

She babysat for us this week, and after she left I noticed a recipe stuck to the fridge.
Cheddar-Stuffed Crusty Loaves- It was from the back of the King Arthur Flour bag.

Even if you have never made bread, you must give this a try!
1 1/4 C King Arthur unbleached bread flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp instant yeast
1/2 cool water
2 1/2 Cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated.
All of the starter
1 to 1 1/4 cups lukewarm water
3 1/2 cups bread flour
1/2 tsp. instant yeast
To make starter:
Mix 1 1/4 cups flour, salt, and 1/2 cup water. The starter will be dry, add a bit more water so that it all comes together if you need to. Cover and let rest overnight at room temp. It will become bubbly.
To make dough:
Combine starter with water, salt, flour, and yeast. Knead by hand, using a mixer or in bread machine on dough cycle. Place dough in lightly greased bowl, cover let rise for an hour or so.
Pat and stretch dough to make a 9" x 12" rectangle.
Spritz with water, sprinkle grated cheese.
Starting with the long side, roll into a log, pinching the seam to seal.
Place seam side down on floured surface. Cover and let rise for another hour or so.
Preheat oven to 425. Cut into four small loaves, or two longer ones-I just made mine into a circle. Spritz top with water, and place on greased baking sheet. Bake for 25-35 minutes until golden brown.

After you try it, you will feel like this!
Happy weekend!


Nicole said...

Your first remark on your porst is just right.
Can I have slice pretty please?

Tim and Stefani said...

Wait, they delivered that stuff in BOWDOINHAM? Why weren't they at my house???

Stephenie from Decorating Addiction said...

YUM! I will definitely give it a try. Thanks for the recipe . . . and how sweet of your mom to leave it (and to leave you a blank check each week). Cute post!

a friend to knit with said...

i love that story about your 3 sisters...
oh, how my kids would LOVE this... me, too!

Hilary said...

Ok, YUM YUM YUM. Thank you for posting the recipe...though can't I just have a slice of yours?? :) I love the backstory, too! Thank you for sharing!

Kate Cutko said...

Great Recipe. Next snow day I'm going to try it. They should just call them "CarboFest day"s at our house. Last storm we started with sticky buns and ended with lasagna. Hey- nice dishtowel in that first pic!

Petreceri Burlaci said...

Of course I want the recipe. Give it to me. I love this bread. It looks extremely yummy. And that filling…so mouth-watering. Your kid is so funny in that photo. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I’ll give it a try this weekend.