Friday, April 17, 2009

Cheesy Batter Bread

Last night we had chili and hot dogs and I made this cheesy batter bread to go along with it. Since this is a batter bread it has a different texture than other yeast breads (it's more crumbly and dense), but it was super easy, yummy, and a great side to chili and hot dogs. I think next time I might increase the seasonings a little.

Cheesy Batter Bread

2 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 pkt yeast or 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
1/4 teaspoon onion powder (next time I might use garlic powder instead)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter softened
1 egg
1/2 cup cornmeal
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (sharp is best for flavor)
additional cornmeal

In a large bowl combine 1 1/2 cups flour, sugar, yeast, onion powder, salt, and pepper. In a small saucepan heat milk and butter to 130 degrees (that's before a boil). Add to flour mixture and beat until moistened. Add egg; beat on low speed for 30 seconds and then on high speed for 3 minutes. Stir in cornmeal and remaining 1/2 cup flour. Stir in cheese. The batter is super thick so you work it in as best you can, but don't knead the dough. Cover bowl and let rise for 20 minutes.

Stir dough down. Grease a loaf pan and sprinkle with additional cornmeal. Spoon batter into prepared loaf pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.

Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Store in the refrigerator.

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