Monday, December 31, 2012

Recipe Monday: Cheddar-Topped English Muffin Bread

     During the winter season I really enjoy having fresh, hot bread in the house. There's something comforting about a slice of freshly made bread with a nice soup or stew. I found this particular recipe in the Taste of Home Everyday Light Meals Cookbook.  It's fairly simple, and with a few minor changes to the recipe, is a great addition to most meals. Anything I've added to the recipe will be marked with an asterisk.
"Asterisk," not "Asterix." This is an important distinction. 
The wife asks for this bread a lot during this time of the year. So here it is for your enjoyment:

Cheddar-Topped English Muffin Bread

  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal 
  • 5 cups all purpose flour 
  • 2 packages quick rise yeast 
  • 1 tablespoon sugar 
  • 2 teaspoons salt 
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda 
  • 2 cups warm milk 
  • ½ cup warm water 
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese 
  • 2 tablespoons bacon bits*
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onions*
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil* 
  1. Coat two loaf pans with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle with cornmeal 
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine 3 cups flour, yeast, sugar, salt, baking soda, bacon bits, onion and basil. Add milk and water, beat until smooth 
  3. Stir in remaining flour 
  4. Transfer to pans, cover and let rise for 30 minutes 
  5. Sprinkle with cheese, bake at 400F for 25-30 minutes 
  6. Remove from pans to cool on wire rack 
About 150 calories per slice

Happy New Year and good times!

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