Sunday, May 20, 2012

Cheesy Bread

Mmmm....cheesy bread. Who doesn't love it? I happen to love it. Love the smell, the cheese, the softness, and, especially, the taste. I was craving for cheesy bread while I was studying late at night for my classes. Did not want to order from Pizza Hut or Dominos (Dominos was just a walk away) because I know I can make just as good cheesy bread without paying extra. I had 2 different kinds of cheese in my fridge and flour so I decided to make it all from scratch. 3 words...well worth it. I used the most simple ingredients and it tastes just like the delivered cheesy bread sticks. I don't have much experience with making the perfect bread, but I always go with a simple bread recipe.

1 package active dry yeast
4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour,plus more for dusting
2 tablespoons unsalted butter,softened
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon fine salt

3 tablespoons unsalted butter,melted
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 of 1 lbs block of cheddar; shredded (about 2 cups shredded cheese)
1/4 of 1 lbs block of mozzarella cheese; shredded (about 1 cup shredded cheese or less)

Place 1/4 cup warm water in the bowl or mixing bowl and sprinkle in the yeast. Set it aside until it's foamy which is about 5 minutes. Add the flour, butter, sugar, and salt. Mix with the paddle attachment or with a wooden spoon until a slightly sticky dough forms. this takes about 5 minutes. If you have to use your hands....go right ahead.

Knead the dough by hand on a floured surface until very smooth and soft for about 2-3 minutes. Cover with a cloth and let it rise in a warm spot until almost doubled in size. This takes about 45 minutes and then divide the dough in half. Use a lasagna pan or a 9 x 13 baking pan and spread the dough to the bottom of the baking pan. If it doesn't touch all sides or corners, it's okay.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Brush the dough with the half the melted butter for each bread dough and sprinkle with half the kosher salt to each. Sprinkle the oregano seasoning along with the shredded cheese to both bread dough. Bake for about 15 minutes or until lightly golden.
I baked hald the bread dough on an 8x8 baking pan...
which came out to be a think bread.
Serve with some marinara sauce and voila`.....
no need for delivered cheesy bread sticks!


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