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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Italian Easter Cheese Bread


At last , I made another one !  

It's way past Easter but this loaf is really fresh ! lol

The recipe is pretty straight forward but me being me , anything can happen  .....

Yup , something did happen .................... 

I can't handle the dough because it was very very wet , so instead of braiding it , I just dumped it in the loaf pan ...

The recipe calls for 4 tablespoon of butter ? I used butter , too er half of it and half olive oil and I guess that's not the problem ...

I just didn't mix it enough ...

'twas still warm when I slice it , can't really wait to try it at that time ...

It's my first time using that dough hook in my handled beater and it seems to be working fine but obviously mixing the dough using it needs way more than 10 minutes . I posted a comment in King Arthur's blog and the author , PJ Hamel advised to knead to the dough well enough so that it will resemble the one in the post . Yup , mine was way off ! 

Uhm , I tried to create a window pane but I'm just too lazy to continue mixing at that time ! pffffftttttt 

I was kinda surprised it turned out good !

Overall ?! I can buy bread here easily and cheap - there are several bakeries in our area - and save myself some grief  .....

But seriously ? Nothing beats HOMEMADE bread ! This bread taste really good ! It's cheese ! 'nuff said !  

I'll surely make another one if I'm in a good mood ! lol 

And this is a must-try recipe .  

Original recipe and step by step instruction @ King Arthur online

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 tsps active dry yeast
3 large eggs
1 large  egg yolks , white reserved
1/4 cup lukewarm water
1/4 cup / 2 tbsp softened butter and 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp ground white pepper

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese and 3/4 cup cheddar cheese

* Beat everything above ( except cheese ) on medium speed for 10 minutes ; until the dough becomes shiny and satiny . It'll be very sticky ; stop the mixer from time to time to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl during the mixing process .
* Add the parmesan and cheddar cheese ; beat until well combined .
* Put the dough on a lightly oiled bowl for an hour ; gently deflate the dough , turn it over and let it rest for another hour .
* Put the dough into a lightly oiled 9x5-inch  loaf pan ; cover the loaf lightly and allow it to rest for 2 hours or longer , depending on the warmth of your kitchen .
* While the loaf is rising , put your oven rack in the lower position just below the middle and preheat oven to 425°F/220°C .
* Whisk egg white with 2 tsps of cold water and brush the top of the loaf .
* Place the bread in the oven and bake for 15 minutes .
* Reduce the temperature to 350°F/180° , tent the bread lightly with aluminum foil and bake for another 30 minutes until deep golden brown and an instant thermometer reads 190°F if inserted in the center .
* Remove the bread from the oven and let cool in the pan for 5 minutes . Cool completely before slicing .

13 comments:

  1. happy to see a bread post from you:) with a couple of more practices, i',m sure you can bake one like the one shown in KA's site. It does sound a tasty loaf of bread! Happy sunday!

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  2. the bread looks absolutely delicious dear !!!I feel it's perfectly made !!!!specially loed the use of 2 different cheese in it !!!!!!!bookmarked !!!!!

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  3. this looks like a great recipe! that said i live by a bakery and was happy to give up making my own bread and let the experts handle it...:) bread is tricky stuff! still, this recipe has CHEESE in it. that means it's worth a try...:)

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  4. yes, nothing beat homemade bread, sound so good.

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  5. i'd like to try making bread next time, i'm just kinda scared of using yeast. hihi your bread looks nice! and i'm sure it tastes yum yum because of the cheese!

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  6. This sounds really delicious and I am tempted to give this a try. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  7. Haha, yay Easter!
    It's true though, nothing really beats homemade bread. And boy do I love cheese. This looks great!

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  8. This looks great I should try some gluten free.

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