Easy Cheesy Pepperoni Bread

READY IN: 3hrs 10mins
YIELD: 1 loaf
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 1 14
    cups milk
  • 1 12
    tablespoons butter
  • 3
    cups flour, more if necessary for stickiness
  • 1
    (1/4 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1
    tablespoon sugar
  • 1
    teaspoon salt
  • 12
    teaspoon garlic powder (I like to double this!)
  • 8
    ounces sliced pepperoni, cut into quarters (You can also use turkey pepperoni as a healthier option and to reduce on the grease the pepperoni gi)
  • 14
    cup mozzarella cheese (optional)
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DIRECTIONS

  • Heat milk and butter to 120°F Combine half of flour, yeast, sugar, salt, garlic powder, and pepperoni into a large bowl. Add milk and butter mixture.
  • Knead for 3 minutes. Add the rest of the flour in 1/2 cup portions, kneading between each. If the dough seems too sticky, slowly add more flour until the stickiness is corrected.
  • Place dough in a greased bowl, and spray the top of the dough with cooking spray. Cover and let rise for one hour.
  • Punch the dough down and let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Form dough into a greased 9x5 loaf pan. (I like to use real butter to grease the pan. It gives the crust a great flavor.) Cover the pan with plastic wrap and allow to rise for about 45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F Bake loaves for 10 minutes; then turn oven down to 350F and bake for 30-35 minutes longer, until the breads are browned. Optional: add a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese to the top of the loaf when it has about 10 minutes left baking.
  • Allow bread to cool in pans for about 10 minutes, or until pans are cool enough to touch. Place loaf onto a wire rack and allow to cool for an additional 10-15 minutes so that the bread is cool enough to cut. Enjoy!
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