Bread: Polenta Cheese Bread

posted by Terrytx 10-23-100 10:10 AM

* Exported from MasterCook *
Polenta Cheese Bread
Recipe By : Julie
Serving Size : 0 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : Yeast Bread
Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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1 package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (about 110 degrees F)
2 tablespoons sugar
4 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, cut into small chunks
About 3 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup polenta or yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt
1 large egg

Preparation and rising time: 2 1/2 to 3 hours
Baking time: About 35 minutes

Combine yeast, water, and 1 teaspoon of the sugar in a small bowl; let stand until softened (about 5 minutes).

Combine cheese, 3 1/4 cups of the flour, polenta, salt, and remaining 1 2/3 tablespoons sugar in a food processor; whirl until cheese is finely chopped. Add egg. With motor running, add yeast mixture in a slow, steady stream. Whirl for 45 seconds to knead (dough should be slightly sticky; if too wet, add flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, using short on-off bursts).

Shape dough into a smooth ball. Turn over in a greased bowl. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled (1 to 1 1/2 hours).

Punch dough down and knead briefly on a floured surface. Shape into a smooth ball. Place on a greased baking sheet; flatten to a 7-inch round. Lightly cover and let rise until about 2 1/2 inches high (about 1 hour). Sprinkle with 1 to 2 teaspoons more all-purpose flour. Bake in a 375 degree oven until well browned (about 35 minutes). Let cool.

Yield: Makes 1 loaf (about 2 pounds).

Source:"sent by Julie"

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