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Golden Cheese Bread

Author: PJ Hamel

Golden Cheese Bread Recipe

This pull-apart bread includes whole wheat flour to add a bit of character and nutrition to the loaf. Melted cheddar cheese, laced throughout and on top, makes it super-tempting — and a great party dish!

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At a glance

Prep
Bake
Total
Yield
8 to 10 servings

Ingredients

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Dough

Filling and Topping

  • 1 1/3 cups shredded cheese: pizza blend, mozzarella, cheddar, or the cheese of your choice
  • 2 1 /2 tablespoons melted butter

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the dough ingredients, mixing and kneading to make a smooth, fairly soft dough.
  2. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl or large (8-cup) measure, cover it, and let it rise till very puffy, though not necessarily doubled; about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  3. Gently deflate the dough, and divide it into chestnut-sized (about 1") pieces. Don't be too fussy here; the pieces don't have to be exactly the same size, nor do they need to be rolled into balls. Dividing the dough into half, then each piece into half again, etc. works well; you want to end up with 64 pieces of dough, more or less.
  4. Lightly grease a 9" x 5" loaf pan, and line the bottom with parchment or foil. Grease the parchment or foil.
  5. Place 16 dough pieces in the bottom of the pan, putting them close together. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup of the shredded cheese. Drizzle or brush with some of the melted butter.
  6. Place another 16 pieces of dough atop the first layer. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup cheese, and drizzle or brush with some more of the melted butter. Repeat with the remaining pieces of dough, making two more layers. Brush the top layer with butter, but don't sprinkle with cheese; that'll be added after the loaf is baked.
  7. Cover the pan, and let the bread rise for 30 to 60 minutes, till it's slightly crowned over the rim of the pan. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 350°F.
  8. Bake the bread for 20 minutes. Tent it lightly with aluminum foil, and bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers about 190°F.
  9. Remove the bread from the oven, and immediately loosen the edges with a table knife or heatproof spatula. Wait 2 minutes, and turn it out of the pan onto a baking sheet. Carefully turn it right side up, sprinkle the top with the remaining 1/3 cup cheese, and return it to the oven for about 2 minutes, just till the cheese softens and starts to melt.
  10. Remove the bread from the oven, and serve warm.
  11. Yield: 8 to 10 servings.