sunday's bread

I always felt intimidated at the idea of making home made bread. It always seemed like the most difficult baking task. I finally faced my fears last year when my mother gave me one of her recipes and convinced me that it's a lot easier than it looks. She was right (as usual) and I felt so silly that I hadn't tried it before. Last night I attempted a slightly different recipe, this time a herb and cheese version. It turned out delicious and will be perfect paired with the home made baked beans I whipped up for tonight.

You will need
4 cups of all purpose flour
a pinch of salt
1 package of dry yeast (I used quick-rise. See conversion here)
1 1/2 cups of lukewarm milk or water
4 to 6 oz of cheddar cheese (or cheese of choice)
Herbs of choice (I used Herbs de Provence)
1 egg for brushing
Olive oil for greasing

Set bread maker to "dough" setting, or use a mixer.
Mix together yeast and a bit of milk or water into your bread maker until the yeast dissolves.

Slowly add the remainder of milk or water. Add flour and salt.
Once the bread forms a ball, remove it and place it in a lightly greased (with olive oil) dish. Cover and let rise until it doubles in size.
Once risen cut into approximately 10 smaller balls (this all depends on how big or small you want them). Flatten out each ball and add cheese and herbs to the middle. Fold over and pinch the ends with fingers (or a fork).
Lightly grease an oven safe dish with olive oil.  Place each piece of dough in the dish, either one in front of the other or in a zig-zag shape (which will create the shape in the picture above). Cover and let rise a bit more.
Bake for 35-40minutes at 375 degrees F, let cool and enjoy!

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