Monday, May 2, 2011

Our Favorite Bread Recipe

This was the first bread recipe I successfully made. It is a great beginner recipe, because it is straightforward and not delicate, but it is time consuming because you have to wait for all the rising. Plan a morning to try this recipe! We like it plain, toasted, as sandwich bread, with jelly, as a side dish, as a snack... we LOVE this bread!

Cheddar Loaves

3 tsp active dry yeast

½ cup warm water

2 cups warm milk

2 tbsp butter, melted

2 eggs

3 tsp sugar

2 tsp salt

6 – 6 ½ cups flour

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add milk, butter, eggs, sugar, salt and 6 cups flour. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.

Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Note: Since I use my Kitchen Aid bread hook I usually only have to knead it a few times, just to make sure it got to the right consistency.

Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Note: I usually preheat my oven to the lowest setting, turn it off, then put the dough inside with the door ajar. Once the oven is just barely warm, I gently shut the door to keep the last of the warmth in.

 Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead cheese into dough. Divide in half; shape each portion into a 6 inch round loaf. Place on greased baking sheets.

Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes. Bake at 350F for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Refrigerate leftovers.

Prep: 20 min. + rising Cook: 35 min. Serves: 2 Loaves Bread

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