Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Italian Cheese Bread Ring

I like to bake bread. This time I thought I would tackle a bread with yeast recipe.  It can be time consuming and a little tedious. The smell that it leaves in the house really makes it like home.  YUMMY.  This is a good recipe to start with because there is no kneading, just a little mixing and stirring.  I had some with my baked ziti and it was super delicious.  

The recipe does contain yeast and requires some rising but don't be afraid. It will all come together and make a truly gorgeous bread.  

4 1/2 to 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 pkg. active dry yeast
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
2 tablespoons sesame seeds

4 oz. (1 cup) shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 cup butter, softened

In large bowl, combine 2 1/2 cups flour, sugar, salt and yeast; blend well. In small saucepan, heat milk, water and 1/2 cup butter until very worm (120 to 130F) Add warm liquid and eggs to flour mixture.  Blend at low speed until moistened; beat 3 minutes at medium speed.  By hand, stir in remaining 2 to 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour to form a stiff batter.

Generously grease 12-cup Bundt or 10-inch tube pan; sprinkle with sesame seeds.  In small bowl, combine all filling ingredients; mix well.  Spoon half of batter into greased pan; spoon filling mixture evenly over batter to within 1/2 inch of sides of pan.  spoon remaining batter over filling.  cover loosely with plastic wrap and cloth towel.  Let rise in warm place (80 to 85F) until light and doubled in size, about 30 minutes.

Heat oven to 350F.  Uncover dough.  Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until golden brown and loaf sounds hollow when lightly taped.  Immediately remove from pan; cool on wire rack.  Serve warm or cool.


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