Well, this is different! I usually do not post my baking challenge experience until the last day of the month 😂 But this September is a little special. We are leaving soon for Greece 🇬🇷 ! We won’t be back until the first week in October, so I had to be a little faster with my baking this month!
Fortunately, this was a bread challenge, and aligned well with our family, the cooler weather and the Seahawks home opener🏈
Sally’s version of this homemade cheese bread is extra soft, as it is an enriched dough, made with buttermilk, egg and butter (and lots of cheese🧀).
The first step was to mix warm buttermilk, warm water, sugar and instant yeast.
This was left for 5 minutes to activate the instant yeast, then 1 cup of bread flour was added, along with the butter, egg and salt. Sally used garlic powder in her recipe but I did not since I was paring this with chicken chili for dinner 😋
The rest of the bread flour went into the mixing bowl, which was fitted with a dough hook.
I let the mixer do the work of kneading the dough. I do have to say that this was a wonderful bread dough to work with😊 It was soft and pliable and came together easily!
I formed it into a ball and placed it in a greased bowl so it could prove. It needed to double in size, which took almost two hours in my cool, Fall kitchen.
The dough was punched down, and rolled into a 9 X 15 inch rectangle
And this is where the cheese come into play 🧀 2 cups total! I chose to use sharp, white cheddar and smoked cheddar (1 cup each).
The cheese was pressed into the rectangle
This was where the processes gets messy! Starting with the long side, the dough is rolled into a log
If you have ever made a babka loaf, then you are familiar with this part. I have blogged about this before here. The log is cut, longitudinally and then wrapped around itself.
I needed both my hands for this, so I was not able to take my own pics. But, fortunately Sally had some great shots of this process!
Here is how mine looked
The loaf was placed into a greased 9 X 5 inch loaf pan and left to prove for a second time.
The loaf was brushed with melted butter and chopped parsley.
And into a 350F oven for 50 minutes
Very easy! And, more importantly, delicious 😍
And it went great with the chicken chili that night!
Another excellent Sally recipe 👩🏻🍳