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Recipe  •  25 February 2024

 

Cheese and herb bread

A soft and fluffy flavourful loaf of bread.

Makes: 1 medium loaf

INGREDIENTS

  • 500 g (1 lb) strong white flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 790 g (3 oz) mature Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 30 g (1 oz) Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 tsp mustard powder
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 1 x 7 g sachet fast-action dried yeast
  • about 350 ml (12 fl oz) lukewarm milk sunflower oil, for greasing
  • beaten egg, for glazing
  • 2 tbsp grated Cheddar cheese, for sprinkling

METHOD

  1. Put the flour into a large bowl and stir in the cheeses, mustard powder, parsley, salt, and yeast, mixing thoroughly. Make a well in the middle and add enough milk to mix to a soft, quite sticky, dough.

  2. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic.

  3. Shape the dough into a round and place in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with oiled cling film, and leave to rise in a warm place for 1-1 ½ hours or until doubled in size.

  4. Turn the dough on to a floured surface and knock back. Knead for 2 -3 minutes until smooth and elastic.

  5. Lightly flour a baking tray. Shape the dough into a 15 cm (6 in) round and place on the baking tray. Cover loosely with oiled cling film and leave to rise in a warm place for 20--30 minutes.

  6. Brush with the egg to glaze, cut a shallow cross in the top, and sprinkle with the grated Cheddar cheese. Bake in a preheated oven at 230°C (210°C fan, Gas 8) for 10 minutes; reduce the oven temperature to 200°C (180°C fan, Gas 6), and bake for 20 minutes, covering the loaf loosely with foil halfway through baking if it is browning too much. Leave to cool on a wire rack before slicing.

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