Sunday, November 14, 2010

Cheddar Artichoke Bread

This is great for sandwhiches.... and awesome with Grilled Cheese!
Cheddar Artichoke Bread
What You Need:
1 pint Warm Water
1 tbsp dry Active Yeast
1 1/2 tsp Salt
1 tbsp Sugar
4 cups Flour*
3 tbsp Olive Oil
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 cup Quartered Artichoke Hearrts, drained
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1 cup Cheddar Cheese
1/2 tsp Ground Thyme
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
**Adding Olives encouraged

This is much easier that you think. No I do not own a bread machine. It isn't neccesaary! To start I turn my faucet to hot water and wait until it is hot to touch, then I fill 1 pint glass half way. I then stir in the yeast and sugar, and cover the glass with a wet towel. Let this sit 10 minutes. Meanwhile you can sift 2 cups of flour with the baking soda, salt, garlic powder, thyme (and/ or any spices you desire) into a large bowl. Add the salt and olive oil. Do not stir. Pour the yeast water into the flour and gently mix. You can now add flour until the dough is sticky. Knead no more than 1 minute, then set this dough ball into a greased bowl. To proof (rise the dough), there are 2 options.

1.) If you live where today (bread day) it is hot outside aka 70 degrees Fahrenheicovet or above, cover the bowl with a wet towel and set on your porch.

2.) If it is cold, snowing, raining, miserable out, heat the over to about 100 degrees. Turn off. Place the bowl in the oven and cover the bowl with a wet towel.

Both methods work. I have tested them numeros times! After 45 minutes to an hour, you will knead the dough 10 times (just 10 times) then you can divide it in half and place each halve into a greased loaf pan. Cover with a wet towl and proof again for 1 hour.  This is the point where you add the artichoke hearts and cheese. (or olives and veggies... never fear adding yum!)

After proofing, bake at 350 degrees fahrenheit until golden brown. Let cool and remove from pan. Slice and serve!

Enjoy!
Have a Fresh Baked Day ;)

15 comments:

  1. Oh WOW, that sounds too good! Artichokes are so wonderful, and I've never attempted to bake them into the bread... great idea!

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  2. I can't say it enough -- This is such an amazing Loaf! YUMMMM!

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  3. Thanks :) I hope you love it as much as I did! The artichoke hearts in the bread just gave it this amazing, how can I say it?... Poof of awesomeness.

    Thanks for stopping by!!

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  4. looks sinful! but in a good way! ;) yum!

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  5. It was soooo sinful in a good way!! I used it for toast and the whole house smelled like heaven!

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  6. This bread looks too good to be true, but also dangerous! I can't resist good bread!

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  7. Steph-- I can't lie... Bread is my weakness, and this one took me down! Can't.. Stop.... eating..... it!!!! Thanks for stopping by!!!

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  8. Now this is something have to try. A hybrid of quick bread and yeast bread" I own neither a bread machine or stand mixer and love the minimal kneading.

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  9. Fantastic! I bet it's amazing for grilled sandwiches....nicely done!

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  10. Interesting idea to add artichoke with the bread! Looks yummy, thanks for sharing!

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  11. Nice! Cheesy bread is always a winner at my house! x

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  12. Thanks Guys! This weekend I'm thinking of making a heart bread with Black Olives and Asiago! Perhaps with a hint of thyme? Enjoy!!

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  13. Cannot wait to try this recipe! I love trying new bread recipes and this looks absolutely divine! Thanks for posting!

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  14. Maggie-- Thanks for sharing! Please let me know how this works out for you! I hope the recipe finds you well!!!

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  15. Oh wow I could totally see this bread being amazing for grilled cheese. Huge fan of artichokes, sounds totally delish!

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