2 (1/4 ounce) packets active dry yeast
2 cups warm milk
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
6 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, cut into 1/4-inch dice
1. Dissolve the yeast in the milk in a large mixing bowl and allow to proof for 5 minutes, until it begins to form a froth on the surface.
2. Add the sugar, butter, and salt and stir to dissolve.
3. Add the flour and beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
4. Add the cheese and mix to thoroughly combine.
5. Pour the batter into a well-greased 1 1/2 quart (1. 5 L) casserole dish and cover loosely with waxed paper.
6. Allow to sit at room temperature until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
7. Bake in a preheated 350°F (180°C) oven for 50 to 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
8. Allow to cool for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Bread and cheese are two of my most favorite things and when I found this is a recipe I was thrilled. I has been searching for a hearty cheese bread recipe for weeks and this bread meets all of my expectations. DE-LISH!
This bread is hearty! It has an amazing aroma and has been a favorite by all who have joined me on this adventure. I used shredded cheddar cheese for this recipe and the cheese flavor was most apparent in the crust. My husband suggested that we use a combination of sharp flavored cheeses and pepper jack to enhance the cheese flavor. This bread would be a great addition to any soup or stew. Burke and I have become huge fans of Iron Chef on the Food Network. As we were enjoying this cheesy loaf we started talking about what possible elements could be added to this bread to make some different and I thought about problem-based learning. What if there was an iron chef for baking and the competition was to successfully incorporate a mystery ingredient into the recipe. I can see this kind of thing working inside the classroom with the goal of helping the students develop critical thinking strategies to solve problems. I really enjoyed learning about problem-based learning and hope to use this method as a teacher. I am always excited to watch the problem solving process and I think it can provide opportunities for authentic assessment, as students are required to work together to find a solution. People gravitate to what they know and feel comfortable with when working in groups. If the teacher can create an environment and opportunity for students to put their individual understanding and skill together they will have a greater overall mind power which is something I think is really exciting. Next time I make this bread I think I will add a variety of cheese, garlic, rosemary, and if I am feeling daring some sun dried tomatoes and spinach. It may result in a huge lump of goo but on the other hand…it might just work.