Cheese Bread

See the RecipeChristopher Hirsheimer

This recipe is our version of one from legendary chef James Beard's Beard on Bread (Knopf, 2002).

Cheese Bread
This recipe is our version of one from legendary chef James Beard's Beard on Bread.
Yield: makes 2 loaves

Ingredients

  • 1 (17-gram) packet active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 12 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 3 oz. semihard goats' milk cheese, (such as Achadinha Cheese Company Capricious), finely grated (about ¾cup)
  • 5 12 oz. domestic or imported gruyere, coarsely grated (about 1 ½ cups)
  • 5 12 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 4 tbsp. butter, at room temperature, cubed
  • 1 tsp. Tabasco
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten

Instructions

  1. Disolve yeast and sugar in 14 cup warm water; set aside until foamy. Meanwhile, grease two 6-cup loaf pans and a large bowl with oil; set aside. Mix 2 tbsp. of the goat cheese and 14 cup of the gruyere in a small bowl; set aside.
  2. Combine 5 cups of the flour and salt in a large bowl. Stir in yeast mixture, 1½ cups warm water, butter, and Tabasco. Turn dough out onto a work surface dusted with remaining flour and knead until almost smooth, 15-20 minutes. Transfer dough to greased bowl; turn to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm spot to let dough rise until doubled in bulk, about 1½ hours.
  3. Knead remaining cheeses into dough on a lightly floured surface. Halve dough, shape into balls, and let rest for 10 minutes. Roll out balls with a rolling pin into 6" × 11" rectangles and let rest for 3 minutes. Starting with a short end of each rectangle, roll up each into a tight cylinder. Transfer doughs, seam side down, to prepared pans and flatten slightly. Cover pans with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm spot to let doughs rise until doubled in bulk, 1 to 1½ hours. Preheat oven to 375°.
  4. Bake loaves for 20 minutes. Brush tops with egg white and sprinkle with reserved cheeses. Continue baking until loaves sound hollow when tapped on top and bottom, 25-30 minutes. Tip loaves out of pans and return them to oven for 5-7 minutes to firm crusts. Let loaves cool on a wire rack before serving.