Prep 2 hrs
Cook 30 mins
This is a wonderful recipe for cheese bread, if you don't want to add in grated cheddar, add in small cubes of cheddar by hand after kneading. This can also be made on a stand mixer with a dough hook attached. If desired you can add in about 2 tablespoons room temperature Crisco shortening in with the yeast, warm water, sugar and salt, the bread will stay fresher longer and bake out with a softer texture.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the yeast, warm water, sugar, salt and 1-1/2 cups flour; beat well with an electric hand mixer.
- By hand, add in the egg, cheese, caraway seed and dry onion, and as much of the remaining flour as needed to make a soft dough.
- Knead on a floured surface or in a heavy-duty stand mixer for about 8-10 minutes.
- Transfer to a greased bowl; cover and let rise until doubled (about 1 hour and 15-20 minutes, could take more or less time).
- Punch down dough.
- Remove from bowl onto lightly floured board; cut into 2 strips, and twist.
- Transfer to a slightly greased cookie sheet; tuck in ends of dough slightly.
- Cover with a clean tea towel, and let rise until double in bulk.
- If desired mix one egg white with 1 teaspoon cold water, brush on bread then sprinkle with, dryed onion, caraway seeds or sesame seeds before baking.
- Bake at 350 degrees (convection oven preferably) for 30 minutes.
This is a wonderful recipe. I used 1/4 white & 3/4 whole wheat flour. I omitted the caraway seeds and onion. I split the dough into 3 and braided the strips, let it rise again, brushed it with the egg white wash & topped it with more grated cheese. It turned out really really nice. I uploaded a picture of the finished loaf.
I made the dough in my automatic bread maker, punched it down, put it in a 9" loaf pan and let it rise again. Before baking it, I coated the top with Kittencal's suggestion of an egg white and water wash and sesame seeds. After baking it, the bread looked like it came from a specialty bread shop! The taste was really good. I could live without the caraway seeds but my husband liked the flavor the seeds gave the bread. This is a great bread recipe.
it was light and fluffy. very subtle tastes and flavors. it was a huge hit. twisted it this time, but next time i think i will just make it as a loaf.