I promised to make bread of some sort for dinner on Wednesday night, but I decided I wanted to try something a bit different. I found a recipe for pull apart cheesy bread and decided that with a few adaptations it would be perfect. You can find the original recipe here. Sadly, I do not have any photos to accompany this as we ATE THE ENTIRE LOAF before I thought to grab my camera. It was that good.
4 cups all-purpose flour
a pinch of salt
1 tablespoon yeast
1 1/2 cup lukewarm water
1/4 cup skim milk powder
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon dried basil
2/3 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1 egg for brushing (optional)
1 tablespoon oil
1. In a non metal bowl, add the yeast to the lukewarm water. Let it stand until the yeast has dissolved.
2. Add the salt, flour, and skim milk powder. Mix until the dough is coming away from the sides of the bowl. When it gets too hard to stir, begin kneading it with your hands.
3. When the dough is no longer sticking to the bowl or your hands, pour the oil over the dough. Flip the dough around in the bowl until it is fully covered in the oil. Cover the bowl and leave the dough to rise until it has doubled. This will take approximately an hour.
4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
5. Divide the dough into 12. Roll each chunk into a ball and then flatten into a flat circle.
6. Mix together the two kinds of cheese, basil and garlic in a bowl.
7. Place approximately 1 1/2 tablespoons of the cheese/herb mixture on the center of one of the circles of dough. Fold the circle in half around the filling and seal it using either your fingers or a fork.
8. Place the pocket of dough into a greased loaf pan.
9. Repeat the process of making the dough pockets until all 12 are done and squished into the loaf pan.
10. Break the egg into a small bowl. Mix it up well. Brush over the top of the loaf.
11. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
12. Allow to cool slightly and then remove from pan. Pull apart and enjoy!