Kittencal's Jalapeño Cheddar Cheese Bread

READY IN: 3hrs 25mins
YIELD: 2 loaves
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 1 12
    tablespoons dry yeast
  • 1
    teaspoon sugar
  • 4
    cups flour (more as needed)
  • 2
    large jalapeno peppers, coarsely chopped, and seeds removed (can use more jalapeno if desired)
  • 1 34
    teaspoons salt
  • 1
    tablespoon sugar
  • 1
    egg (room temperature, let egg sit in hot water for about 5-7 minutes to warm)
  • 1
    teaspoon hot pepper sauce (optional)
  • 34
    cup milk, warmed
  • 2 12
    cups cheddar cheese (chopped into about 1/2-inch cubes or a little larger if desired)
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DIRECTIONS

  • Prepare a heavy-duty stand mixer with a kneader blade.
  • Proof yeast in water with 1 teaspoon sugar for 8-10 minutes, or until foamy.
  • Heat milk in the microwave for about 50 seconds on HIGH.
  • In the stainless steel bowl, add in 4 cups flour, chopped jalepenos, salt, sugar, egg, hot pepper sauce (if using) and warmed milk.
  • After the yeast has proofed, add to the bowl and start kneading, adding in more flour as needed to create a soft smooth semi-sticky dough, keep kneading for about 8-10 minutes.
  • Towards the end of the kneading add in the cubed cheddar cheese, and mix until combined (the dough can be removed from the bowl and you can add/mix in the cheese by hand if dresired).
  • After the kneading, let the dough sit out on a board or counter top to rest, covered with a clean tea towel for 8-10 minutes.
  • Gather up dough and knead gently for 30 seconds.
  • Then place the dough in a well greased bowl, and let rise until doubled (about 1-1/2 hours or could take a little longer).
  • Punch down dough and slice into two even pieces.
  • Shape into two large balls, and place on a cookie/baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Cover with a clean tea towel and rise again for another 1 hour or more until doubled.
  • Brush tops with an egg white that has been mixed with 1 teaspoon cold water.
  • Sprinkle on grated Parmesan cheese or sesame seeds.
  • Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 25-35 minutes or until the crust is a dark golden brown.
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