Friday, November 2, 2012

Cheddar Cheese Loaf

In our household we're big fans of carbohydrates. Sure, I could be a bit thinner without that extra slice of bread, but everything in moderation, right?

Thus, I usually serve bread with most Italian dinners.  Often times I get bread at the numerous local bakeries in the state of New York. New York is very unlike my home in California. People are not afraid of bread, thankfully. But sometimes I want to change things up and try to make bread myself.  Often, that takes far too much time. This pushed me to start finding some great quick bread recipes for dinners.

This particular one is quite easy and great as a side for a traditional American meal.  This recipe makes two loaves. The buttermilk and baking soda work to puff of the dough to turn it into a bread.

Cheddar Cheese Loaves


3 1/2 cups flour
1 1/4 tsp. salt
3 tbsp. softened butter
4 oz. sharp yellow cheddar
1 3/4 cups buttermilk


Step 1: Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease 2 loaf pans
Step 2: Whisk flour, salt and baking soda together in a bowl and add in all but one tbsp. of the butter by hand
Step 3: Add cheese and buttermilk in dough, stirring it in
Step 4: Divide dough into both loaf pans and cut shallow lines in the form of a cross on top of loaves
Step 5: Add remaining butter into crosses on loaves
Step 6: Bake 25-30 minutes and allow to cool before slicing

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