Bread Sun Dried Tomato Garlic Herb Cheese

posted by Ann 06-17-98 1:00 PM

Sun Dried Tomato & Garlic Herb Cheese Bread

5 cups unbleached self rising flour
2 packs active dry yeast
1 T. sugar
1 T kosher salt
2 T extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 cups water (more if needed)

Place water (105 degrees) in large bowl add sugar and sprinkle yeast. Set aside for 15 minutes until yeast is dissolved and bubbly.

Add oil, flour, salt mix until combined.

Turn out on floured surface and kneed in the following:
1/2 cup rehydrated sun dried tomatoes;(microwave in covered dish w/ water 1 min)
1/2 cup (yes 1/2 cup) chopped garlic
15 fresh coarse chopped basil leaves
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese

Place in lightly greased bowl and proof covered 45 minutes in oven with light on

Grease two loaf pans generously with olive oil and dust inside with the following dry mixed spices;reserving some for sprinkling on top of loaves:
1/2 t thyme
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 t basil
1/2 t ground fennel
1 t fresh ground black pepper

Remove dough and divide. Shape and place gently in loaf pans avoiding contact with sides.

Drizzle tops with olive oil and dust with reserved spices and another dash of kosher salt.

Coat tops with fresh grated parmesan cheese (as much as you can get to stick). Bake at 375 for 10 minutes.

Turn oven off and bake a few additional minutes until tops are quite dark and bread sounds hollow when thumped.

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