Friday, September 3, 2010

Cheese Bread

I made this last week to accompany a BBQ chicken salad. It was so easy to make and it was really good. It reminded me of the yummy cheese bread you get at pizza places. I am not a big bread maker and get nervous when working with yeast and this turned out great. It is also pretty quick to make. My kids adored this, we will definitely be having it again soon. I found it at Your Home Based Mom, one of my favorite places to find recipes.

Cheese Bread

2-1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 Tablespoon yeast
1 cup warm water (120*F)
1 Tablespoon oil

1/4 cup prepared Italian salad dressing
1/2 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp ground oregano
1/4 tsp dried thyme
dash pepper
1-2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

In a bowl, combine the first four ingredients. Combine water and oil; add to flour mixture. Add additional flour if needed to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead for 1-2 minutes or until smooth and elastic.

Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 20 minutes.

Punch the dough down; place on a greased 16″ pizza pan and pat into a 16″ circle. Combine salad dressing and seasonings, brush evenly over dough, all the way to the edges. Sprinkle with cheeses.

For a fluffier cheese bread, at this point, allow the bread to rest for 15 minutes or so. If you’re in a hurry, just skip this rise. (The bread will rise while it bakes, too.)

Preheat the oven to 450*F. Bake for 11 minutes or until golden brown. Slice. Serve warm.

Source: Your Home Based Mom