Jennifer is a one in a million stay-at-home mom. (More like one OF a million stay at home moms!) She graduated from a liberal arts college but there is nothing liberal OR artsy about her. She is married to Kevin Fischer of This Just In, and together they have a beautiful toddler daughter Kyla Audrey. In no particular order she loves dogs, wine, a good bargain, her family, pizza, and entertaining. Follow her blog of all things miscellaneous including but not limited to cooking and baking, entertaining and party planning, being a mommy, and homekeeping.
I love wine. So much so I have a Christine Alexander top that states, “Wines Constantly.”
And I love bread. However I do not, and do not plan to, own a top that states, “Full of Sugar and Doubles in Size.”
I’ll leave grapes & fashion to combine and, well, I’ll just eat the bread. As I mentioned the other day, there are times I think I can actually BAKE bread (and rolls.) But I’d like to show you that occasionally I DO have success with that age-old combo of sugar, yeast, flour & water.
I have found two fantastically delicious and incredibly easy recipes that I feel confident AND happy with the results every time. The first recipe is from the Summer 2010 issue of Sendik’s Real Food Magazine. The link is not available for the entire magazine, so I have retyped the entire recipe to follow:
Smoked Cheddar Cheese Bread
Makes 1 Large Loaf
Cubes of smoked Cheddar cheese form pockets of melted cheese and a crisp browned cheese crust all around this loaf. Try this bread toasted or use it to make the best grilled-cheese Panini you have ever tasted.
Cubes of other cheese work well, too. Smoked mozzarella, sharp Cheddar or Swiss cheese make good choices.
This recipe uses instant yeast for a faster rise.
1 c. whole milk
2¾ c. AP flour
1 tbsp granulated sugar
½ tsp salt
2¼ instant (fast-rise) yeast (one 7-gram packet)
1 large egg
8 ounces smoked Cheddar cheese, cut in to ½-to-¾-inch pieces
1 tbsp butter, melted, plus more for pan
1. Butter a 9X5X3 loaf pan or a loaf pan with a capacity of 8 cups. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper.
2. In a saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat until the mixture is hot and measures about 130ºF on a food thermometer.
3. In the large bowl of an electric mixer on low speed, mix together 1 cup of the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast. Mix in the hot milk to combine the ingredients smoothly. Add the egg and continue beating for 2 minutes. Add the remaining flour and continue mixing for 5 minutes. The dough will be soft, but will come away from the sides of the bowl.
4. Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured surface and sprinkle with the cheese pieces. Push and fold the dough over itself several times to distribute the cheese. Some pieces of cheese will poke out of the dough. The dough will firm slightly as the cheese is worked into it.
5. Use your hands to pat the dough into a loaf and fit it into the pan. The loaf will not completely fill the pan. Brush the top with one tablespoon melted butter. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise to within an inch of the top of the pan, about 45 minutes.
6. When the dough has risen for 25 minutes, preheat the oven to 375ºF.
7. Bake until the top feels firm and is lightly browned, about 45 minutes. Cook pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then use a sharp knife to loosen the bread from the pan. Turn out onto the wire rack to cool thoroughly.
8. The bread can be stored in a plastic bag at room temperature for up to three days.
The next recipe is from one of my favorite sites, Real Mom Kitchen. I love her recipes because they don’t require graduation from Le Cordon Bleu or CIA or a hundred ingredients that you’ll never use again but for that one recipe. The bread recipe follows her foccacia sandwich recipe. This bread lasted about a day and a half in our house, and I also discovered it is delish lightly toasted. Enjoy!
Photo courtesy of Real Mom Kitchen