Friday, July 24, 2009

Cheese Bread

One of the reasons why I like visiting food blogs is that they inspire me to stretch my boundaries. Bread is something that I've never really explored that much at all as I used to think that it's just too darn troublesome to do it all by hand without a bread maker. I guess, as "time and blogs" went by, I began to be more enlightened about the adventure of bread making.

This recipe below has been sitting on my mind lately as my sister who really likes making bread had tried it and said that it is a wonderful recipe. So, with all the inspiration and encouragement, I decided to try it and here it is.

It is fluffy & soft, with bits of melted cheddar cheese, butter & aromatic oregano embedded in the bread. I love the smell of dried herbs and this recipe was just great for me.

320 g bread flour
80 g plain flour
20 g sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsps instant yeast
220 ml cold milk
1 egg
30 g butter
30 g cubed cheddar cheese
30 g roasted nibbed almonds
Dried oregano
20 g nibbed almonds
20 g cubed cheddar cheese
3 cheddar cheese slices
Dried oregano
Dried parsley

1. Mix (A) till well blended. Add (B) to form a dough.
2. Add (C) and knead to form a smooth and elastic dough (Here, I used a hand mixer with dough hook to rub in the butter more evenly. Oh! how I wish I had a hands-free stand mixer!)
3. Cover in a clean plastic bag and let it prove for 45 mins. Then, divide into 2 equal portions, mould into balls and leave to rest for 10 mins.
4. Roll the dough flat into rectangles and spread dots of soft butter on them, then sprinkle with (D).

5. Roll the rectangles up like a swiss rolls, then cut each dough into 3 pieces and place them in 2 greased paper-lined rectangle pans, with cut side facing up. Cover and let it prove for another 45 mins.

6. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with (E) on top. Bake at 190 deg C for 23 mins
7. Take out the loaves from the oven and quickly place cheese slices and herbs from (F).
8. Bake for another 7 mins. Unmould immediately.

- I made only half of the recipe above to get 1 loaf, thus did not divide the dough to 2 equal portions as mentioned on step 3.
- The top crust of my bread had burnt slightly due to the cubed cheese being sprinkled earlier on (step 6). I would suggest omitting this and just put more slices of cheddar cheese as guided by step 7.

Slice the loaf and have them by dipping in a bowl of spicy chicken curry. Yummy!

Have a great week ahead!


  1. and yeah! Making bread by hands is really tiresome, but also very exciting! :) I always make breads for my family! :D

  2. Cheese...definitely my favourite!! I like this, can i have some now??!!

  3. The idea is really awesome! I know Bear would be totally fond of it!

  4. Can I have one slice? It looks yummy...

  5. How delicious.There is nothing more wonderful than freshly baked bread

  6. Hi there, congrats! Finally, you've done it! Your first bread ever...Keep up the good work!

  7. That looks incredible! The melted cheese and the soft crumb of the bread look great.

  8. hi kathy @ cookingpractice, you are such a wonder if you make all yr breads by hand :)

    hi homeladychef, i like cheese too..and shld put more next time.

    hi vegetarianzoe, i like the idea too. the author of the recipe book is clever huh :)

    hi TINTIN, sure can.. come over to S'pore :)

    hi heavenly housewife, you are just so right abt the smell of freshly baked bread. esp one with dried herbs in it.

    hi little space, yeah! i made a bread. haha. my 2nd only. there will be more to come for sure. it's fun and satisfying when you see the dough risen to double its size :)

    hi lisa, thanks and the melted cheese inside adds to the taste.

  9. Just come to your blog, nice blog and good recipes and I love pernanakan food.
    I am not good at making bread even I have a bread maker at home, will try to make some one day.
    Will visit often and link you to my blog.

  10. Your cheese bread looks great! And very true about visiting other people's food blogs - it is a great inspiration to try something different and refreshing!! Great job on the bread - it looks delicious!

  11. hi Anncoo, thanks, i'm new at bread making too. it's fun to explore. i esp like the proofing part, when the dough is left to rise. you have so many lovely bakes on yr blog, so am sure bread will be as easy for you.

    hi Krissy, thank you! it's my 1st time with this bread recipe & definitely won't be the last :D

  12. I am so glad you discovered MY blog so I can now discover yours! This is a wonderful bread that I must try. Yum I love cheesy bread! For a first try it came out perfect!

  13. Shall try it in my bread maker
    Looks like a real keeper! Will tell you how it goes.

    1. hi Maya, i hardly make bread but i remember this is a nice one. i thk this is from Alex Goh's bread book. happy trying!