I got to come home from work almost 5 hours early today. This means I had to find a project to tackle or risk driving myself insane. Since it was below 60F in my house when I got home, I decided a baking project would hit the spot.
I did a little research, looked over some bread recipes, then went out on my own to make something…
- 2 cloves of garlic, charred
- 1/4 small onion, charred
- 1 pack (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 1/4 cup warm water
- 3 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon EACH oregano, thyme, basil, sea salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
What I did:
- Turn on the broiler and put the garlic and onion in a lightly greased baking dish. Broil for about 10 minutes, allow to cool, peel, and mince.
- Put the yeast, sugar, and water in your mixing bowl and allow to sit for 10 minutes.
- Turn on the mixer, add 1 cup flour.
- Add salt, pepper, and herbs, then 1 cup flour.
- Add cheese, then 1 cup flour.
- Switch to dough hook, add the rest of the flour and olive oil. The dough should be firm enough to handle. I added another 2 tablespoons during the kneading process.
- Knead for about 10 minutes, place in a greased bowl, turn, cover, and allow to rise for 45 minutes.
- Set in/on a greased baking pan or cookie sheet and allow to rise for another 45 minutes.
- Bake at 350F for 30 minutes or until you think it’s done.
I’m no bread-baking genius, but I give myself some props for this. It’s a very simple bread with a lot of good flavors in it. The charring process made the garlic and onions soft and sweet. The CSA herbs were a nice touch. And my house is a lot warmer.