Cheesy Bread

by jenjenk on November 2, 2009

I was fortunate to make it to this year’s annual Hollywood Farmer’s Market Cookbook sale.  I scored some great books including a full year’s worth of 1963 Gourmet Magazine for $5.  I’ve been flipping through and marking the recipes that I want to make! 

Besides my bagel experiment, I’ve never really made bread before. Due to an unfortunate High School Chem Lab mishap, I’ve been emotionally traumatized at the prospect of messing with yeast.  As you may have surmised, making bread without yeast is very difficult.  Then I “met” the Sophisticated Gourmet who inspired me to give it a try! 

I’ve discovered that the one thing I love most about making my own bread is the kneading process.  It gives me a chance to zen out.  When I worked an event at the Atlantis, my meeting planner told me that he enjoyed making bread because it was such a soothing process.  Now I understand.
This was the best bread I ever ate.  Not only because i made it with my own two hands but also because the bread is really, really good – nice crusty exterior with a wonderfully chewy interior.  I put about 8 ounces of cheese in but I think it could really stand for some more.  Don’t be shy.  Go for it.


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Michelle November 2, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Gorgeous loaf of bread! I don't remember what my first attempt at bread looked like but I'm pretty sure it wasn't at all like yours!!

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Jen November 3, 2009 at 3:39 pm

Thank you! Although, it DID weigh more than a ton of bricks [according to my boss, who also informed me that if i chucked it at his head, it'd probably knock him out…] :)

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Michelle November 5, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Cheese Bread is always on the heavy/chewy side. Next time stick out your tongue at anyone that criticizes your bread!

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