|Two cheese-stuff crusty loaves|
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This recipe uses an overnight starter to enhance the dough's flavor. It's really minimal work.
|After 15 hours, it looks like this. See all the bubbles?|
The next day, I put the starter and the rest of the ingredients in my bread machine and ran the Dough cycle. After the initial rise, the dough is patted and stretched into a rectangle and then filled with cheese (and whatever else you like).
|Filling: Moroccan green olives, Colby Jack, Mozzarella, basil, dried onion, garlic powder|
Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it rise until puffy. This took about 1 hour in my kitchen.
My tool of choice to cut neat slices, is dental floss. I cut the dough in half, making 2 large loaves (or beehives, haha).
They went into a 425F oven right away, for about 35 minutes.
- My husband loved this bread. He ate it slightly warm and didn't mind a second slice. When asked for his rating, he gave it a 9.5 out of 10. Score!!
- I thought the bread had great flavor, without an overly yeasty odor which I attribute to the overnight starter. The texture of the bread was both soft and chewy. The salty and spicy filling complemented the bread really nicely.
- My BFF and her daughter also tasted this bread and loved it, even at room temperature.
- I took one loaf to work (which is the day after I baked this), and everyone loved it. They didn't even bother toasting it which I had recommended :o)
- Changes: reduced the amount of salt by 1/2 tsp because of the cheese and olives, added 1/3 cup (23 gr) dried milk powder to the dough, substituted 5 oz of the white flour with KAF White Whole Wheat flour. Reduced the amount of cheese by 2 oz: used 4 oz of Colby Jack cheese and 4 oz of Mozzarella cheese.
- I don't have KAF all-purpose flour which is high in protein, so I used bread flour instead.
- Next time, I would divide the dough in half to make two rectangles. I'd create 4 smaller loaves. I could have cut my loaf into 4 pieces but then I'd end up with 2 middle pieces with an open bottom, and cheese oozing out.
- If you'd like to try out this recipe for yourself, you can find the recipe HERE.
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