This was going to be bread for my wife’s stuffing this weekend, but the impending snow storm has postponed our family dinner and the need for stuffing. Not to mention she informed me she wanted a simple white bread and challah bread anyway, so I will be happy to eat this tasty cheesy, eggy bread all by myself. No complaints here as this turned out excellent. This bread tastes like cheese since I mixed both cheddar and Asiago cheese into the dough before it went for its overnight slumber in the fridge. I think this method really distributes the cheese flavor throughout the entire bread.
I have to say the crust came out nice and chewy and the crumb was open and soft. This bread is a keeper and is good enough to eat without any additional toppings.
I used my standard trusty AP starter at 65% hydration refreshed per below.
227 grams AP Flour
71 grams AP Seed Starter
151 grams Water at Room Temperature (80-90 degrees F.)
Mix ingredients in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Cover the bowl and let it sit at room temperature for around 8 hours. The starter should almost double when ready to proceed. You can either mix in final dough or put in refrigerator for at most 1 day before using.
Main Dough Ingredients
425 grams AP Starter from above
130 grams First Clear Flour
290 grams European Style Flour (KAF–you can substitute AP or Bread Flour)
100 grams Durum Flour
25 grams Potato Flour
80 grams Grated Cheddar Cheese
40 grams Grated Asiago Cheese
142 grams Whole Egg Beaten (3 large eggs)
262 grams Water at Room Temperature
15 grams Olive Oil
18 grams Seas Salt or Table Salt
Mix the flours, oil, water (hold back 50 grams for later) and eggs in your mixer or by hand for 1 minute. Let it rest covered in your bowl for 10 minutes. Next cut the starter into small pieces and put into the bowl on top of the dough and let it rest another 10 minutes covered. After the autolyse is complete add the salt and the rest of the water as needed and mix for 3 minutes on low to incorporate all the ingredients. The dough should form a sticky ball at the end of 3 minutes mixing. Now add the cheese and mix for 1 additional minute to incorporate all of the cheese throughout the dough. the dough will be rather sticky but resist the urge to add more flour.
Next take the dough out of the bowl and place it a well oiled bowl. Do several stretch and folds in the bowl and rest the dough uncovered for 10 minutes. After the rest do several more stretch and folds in the bowl and cover the bowl and let it rest for 10 minutes. Do one more stretch and fold and let it sit at room temperature covered for 2 hours. Feel free to do some additional S&F”s to build up more gluten strength. After 2 hours you can put the dough into the refrigerator for 24 hours or up to 2 days before baking. I baked the bread about 14 hours later.
The next day (or when ready to bake) let the dough sit out at room temperature for 1.5 – 2 hours.
Next, form the dough into your desired shape and put it in a floured basket or bowl and let it rise covered for 1.5 to 2 hours or until it passes the poke test.
Score the loaves as desired and prepare your oven for baking with steam.
Set your oven for 500 degrees F. at least 30 minutes before ready to bake. When ready to bake place the loaves into your on your oven stone with steam and lower the temperature immediately to 450 degrees. When the loaf is golden brown and reached an internal temperature of 205 degrees F. you can remove it from the oven.
Let it cool on a wire rack for at least 2 hours before digging in if you can wait that long.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM CLEO, COSMO, LUCY, MISTY AND MOOKIE!
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