Monday, January 16, 2012

Hasselback Cheesy Garlic Bread

So you all know I love bread, right? I mean it is obvious.
Well I love bread even more when there is cheese involved! 

I found this recipe off of Pinterest, I am disgustingly obsessed with that website. My Husband would wholeheartedly agree. Without Pinterest though I never would have stumbled across this wonderful recipe!

Garlic cheese bread is one of my all time favorite types of bread. 
This bread is simple to make, and to me fairly fast. 
2 1/2 hours is pretty fast for me when I make bread. 
I really loved the bread itself! Even without the cheese it would be great! I used sharp cheddar which I thought was good, but I think I would have liked to try the sharp white cheddar that Lauren's Latest used. I am craving some of this bread just looking at this picture. I am trying to decided if I can fit this into of the meals I have planned for the week.......or even just an afternoon snack would work!

Hasselback Garlic Cheesy Bread
yield: 2 loaves

1 cup Warm Water
1 Tablespoon Honey
1 envelope Active Dry Yeast (2 1/4 Teaspoons)
1 teaspoon Salt
3 cups Bread Flour
Olive Oil, For Greasing Surfaces
⅓ pounds Sharp White Cheddar, Or Any Other Cheese You Prefer
½ cups Garlic Butter

In a large bowl, stir water, honey and yeast together. Let yeast proof 5 minutes. Once you know yeast is active, stir in salt and the flour in 1/4 cup increments. If you are using a stand mixer, be sure to not increase your speed higher than a 2 or ‘stir’. Once dough starts pulling away from the sides and the bowl seems to be pretty clean, set a timer for 5 minutes and walk away. Let the machine knead the dough. After 5 minutes, dough should be smooth and tacky but when touched shouldn’t leave any dough on your fingers.
Grease the bowl and the dough. Cover with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel and let rise 1 hour or until doubled in size.
Punch down dough and cut into two equal portions. Form into two long baguettes the length of the cookie sheet. I like to twist mine because it looks cool, but it also keeps its length and doesn’t shrink. Cover with plastic wrap and rise 30 minutes. Start to preheat oven to 400 degrees F and place dough close to the oven where it’s nice and warm. Once oven is preheated, remove plastic wrap, from the dough reduce oven to 350F, put the bread into the oven and bake 20 minutes.
In the meantime, slice the cheese into thin slices and melt the butter.
Pull loaves of bread out of the oven after 20 minutes and brush with the melted garlic butter. Bake another 5-7 minutes or until bread begins to turn a golden brown. Remove from oven and cool 15 minutes.
Cut 1-inch slices 3/4′s of the the way through the loaves. Brush garlic butter in between each slice and fill with a slice of cheese. Bake another 3-5 minutes or until cheese is completely melted.
Serve immediately.

Recipe From: Lauren's Latest

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