Caesar Salad Crusty Bread for Cold Wintry Evening

READY IN: 3hrs 20mins
Recipe by Debber

A crusty bread with cheese and garlic filling oozing out, enticing the senses with deliciousness. Thanks to Marcy Goldman *A Passion For Baking* for this luscious, rustic bread. I've made a few alterations to the original for my family's tastes. Try this with soup, chili or stew on a cold wintry evening--you won't be sorry! COOKING TIME includes two risings of the dough--PLAN AHEAD!!

Top Review by Mom2Rose

PAC2009: Another delicious bread Debber - well worth the extra time and steps!

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; drizzle olive oil in a 10-inch springform or round cake-pan; sprinkle with panko or semolina (OPTIONAL); set aside.
  2. FOR DOUGH: whisk water and yeast together in mixing bowl; let stand 2-3 minutes (dissolve the yeast). Briskly whisk remaining ingredients EXCEPT for the flour--use only 3-4 cups of the flour at this point; mix and then knead with dough hook on lowest speed of mixer for 5-8 minutes, sprinkling in more flour to form a soft dough.
  3. Remove hook, then spray dough with cooking spray; cover mixer with large sheet of plastic wrap (or clean garbage bag); let dough rise 45-60 minutes--doubled in size.
  4. FOR FILLING: mix all ingredients until well blended; set aside.
  5. BACK TO THE DOUGH: turn out doubled-dough onto lightly floured work surface, gently deflate (punch down); pat or roll into a large oblong, about 1/2-inch thick.
  6. If the dough retracts, let it REST for a minute or two. Then spread filling to within a half-inch of the edges, roll up snugly.
  7. Transfer to prepared pan, shape into a large circle, pinch ends together.
  8. FINISHING TOUCHES: Whisk egg and pinch of sugar and salt in a small bowl; brush on dough, then sprinkle cheese, power, s & p; drizzle with additional olive oil.
  9. Cover loosely with plastic; rise until doubled again, 45-60 minutes.
  10. Preheat the oven to 375. Bake 20 minutes (set the timer); reduce temp to 350; continue baking another 20-30 minutes (top will be browned, cheese melted).
  11. Cool slightly then cut into pieces.
  12. Dip into soup, chili or stew for ultimate satisfaction!

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