Bread Flour...Cheese Bread



I have been making this recipe since I first saw it in 1991, when I purchased my first food processor.  It’s especially tasty as toast, but it’s also great for sandwiches.  The fat content gives it a tender texture, and the food processor makes it very quick to make.  I often make this recipe for holiday gifts with a jar of homemade jam.  This size loaf can be made in a smaller Classic or DLC10 processor, as well as larger ones.  
With only 3 cups of flour, I use the steel blade.   
I weigh the flour, cheese and milk powder right in the processor bowl with the blade in it, and then add the remaining ingredients.  A food processor takes such a short time to make bread, I use a stopwatch to time it.  I let my dough rise the first time right in the processor bowl; why wash another bowl?  To shape loaves, I roll out the dough into a rectangle, and fold it in thirds, like a letter for an envelope, then pinch the ends to seal.
The directions for this recipe call for Instant or Bread Machine or Rapid Rise yeast.  If you use plain active dry yeast, the rise times should double.                    
                     Cheese Bread
  1       Cup  Water – heat to 115°-120°
  2       Tablespoons  butter
  13 ½  Ounces  bread flour – 3 cups
  2        Teaspoons  sugar
  1        Teaspoon  salt
     1/3  Cup  Skim Dry Milk** - 1 ounce
  3         Ounces  Cheddar Cheese -- sharp, shredded (3/4 cup)
  2         Teaspoons  Instant Yeast -- 1 package
 Shred cheese with the shredding disk if needed.  Change to steel blade.  Add dry ingredients and butter to cheese in processor bowl.  Add water, heated 115°-120°, slowly through feed tube, until dough cleans the sides of the bowl, about 45 seconds.  Mix for 1 minute after dough comes together.  Let rise 20 minutes, in processor bowl, in warm place. 
Make into loaf, place in greased 4 1/2 x 8 1/2“ pan.  Top with a piece of waxed paper that has been sprayed with pan release.
Preheat oven to 375°.  Let bread rise in warm place 25 minutes or until 1" over the top of the pan.  Bake at 375° for 35 minutes.
**If you don’t use dry milk, use ¼ cup water and ¾ cup liquid milk for the liquids.

6 comments:

  1. I used to have a cheese bread recipe that called for powdered milk also! Forgot all about it till now. It was amazing toasted! Haven't made bread in many years, but this might just be what I needed to start again! Thanks for joggin' the old noggin!

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  2. We loved it! Stashed this receipe in my file!!

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  3. Looking forward to trying this! I was thinking I might add a little softened chopped onion to the mix.

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  4. ooh, this has made me want to bake some bread. It has been some time since I have. That aroma....is amazing.

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