Monday, April 1, 2013

ABC - Cheese-stuffed Crusty Loaves

Happy April Fool's Day!! This month's ABC recipe is no joke: Cheese-stuff Crusty Loaves. As you might know, the ABC bakers are baking recipes from the King Arthur Flour website.

Two cheese-stuff crusty loaves
Although mine looked like beehives filled with liquid cheese (haha), they sure tasted ridiculously good. I filled my loaves with a mixture of Colby Jack and Mozzarella cheese, dried minced onion, garlic powder, dried basil, and some special green olives from Morocco marinated in a spicy Harissa sauce.



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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.



Bon appetit!

Final thoughts/tips:
  • 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.
  • Check out what the other ABC bakers thought of this recipe.
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22 comments:

  1. Love how your loaves stand up so well! My bread is done, and I was thinking about dividing the dough prior to rising too. Either way, sooooo good!

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    1. Karen, they did stand up really well, which worried me, haha. These loaves were a big hit. Looking forward to your post!

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  2. Hi Hanaa,
    Your bread looks nice and golden, mine was rather pale!
    Love the addition of the ingredients in your cheese filling!
    This is one lovely cheezy bread!

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    1. Joyce, thank you! I loved how the cheese in your loaves oozed out so nicely.

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  3. Love it! I love how your beehive bread loafs look like!! :)

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    1. Thanks Faithy. It's pretty funny looking, haha. But it tastes great!

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    2. It does look like a beehive...a beautiful beehive of tasty goodness that is!

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  4. hello hanaa it looks great and for the (1/3 cup (23 grams) dried milk powder) do I just add that to the ( dough)with out milk or water?

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  5. hello hanaa it looks great and for the (1/3 cup (23 grams) dried milk powder) do I just add that to the ( dough)with out milk or water?

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    1. Hi Rosa. Thanks for stopping by my blog. The dried milk powder I added at the same time as the flour. No need to dissolve in water or milk first. I hope that helps :o)

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    2. Thank you Hanaa for answering me on that powder mik., P.S. love your cakes and frostings and all so your breads too..

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    3. Thank you, Rosa. I'm glad you're enjoying my blog. If you bake the Cheese-stuffed bread, I'd love to hear how you liked it. It really tastes great!!

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    4. Hello Hanaa they came out really good and delicious too, I made four mini loaves and add some, Basil oil, red pepper flask, BBQ flavor sweet red peppers and the rest just like your inside and crusty outside "Yummy"
      ....P.S. I have posted them on my blog..

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    5. Hi Rosa. I'm glad you made it and liked it. It's really a good recipe! I checked out your blog and your pictures of the bread are lovely. I also left a comment. Please feel free to add a link to your post on the ABC blog: http://avidbakerschallenge.blogspot.com/2013/03/april-2013-cheese-stuffed-crusty-loaves.html. Please let me know if you need help doing that. Thanks for baking with us! Feel free to join us next month :o)

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    6. hi Hanaa and thank you for you sweet comment and I have posted this picture of the cheese crusty Beehive loaves on the site ...

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  6. Now I see the other baker's results I realise my dough was a little too wet, I love how these breads/rolls stand up straight (while mine were more like pudding he he). Love those cheesy veins in the interior.

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    1. Thanks Lien. This bread is a keeper. I'm glad you liked it as well.

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  7. Nice beehives, Hanaâ! Nice idea to add more savory things to the filling. I worried a bit about the bottom of the cut slices, too, but you don't have to - they didn't burn.

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    1. hi hanseata I'm not to sure about the (1/3 cup (23 grams) dried milk powder) , can you please let me know if that is just mixed in with thw dough mix??? ...thank you.

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    2. Thanks Karin. Good to know that the cheese doesn't ooze completely out of the bread or burn without the bottom. Will definitely bake this again.

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  8. Wow, these sound amazing! I actually love the beehive look...unique and beautiful~

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  9. Hello Hanaa would you come and join me at my site.

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