It's been so hot and humid these last few days
and today the skies darkened and the rains came down.
A perfect day to bake some bread.
Well, actually I was boiling some potatoes to make a potato salad
and was left with a nice cup of potato water ....
why not bake some potato bread I say??
I found this recipe on line and adapted it a wee bit:
Twisted Cheese and Herb Bread
5 1/2 - 6 1/2 Cups of Unbleached Bread Flour
2 tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. white sugar
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 Cup potato water - luke warm
1 Cup buttermilk - luke warm
1 1/2 Tbsp. instant yeast
1/4 Cup melted butter
4 Cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 Cup minced herbs (I used parsley and chives that are growing in my herb bed in abundance)
In stand mixer or mixing bowl, combine the flour (keeping one cup aside) with the salt and sugar.
In another bowl or large measuring cup, combine the potato water and butter milk. Whisk in the yeast. Add this and the melted butter to the dry ingredients and mix with the dough hook or by hand till combined - let rest for 5 minutes (oops, I forgot this step).
After the 5 minute rest, add in the remaining flour a bit at a time, until you get a soft smooth and tacky but not sticky dough.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for several minutes.
Form the dough into a nice smooth ball and place into a lightly greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise till double in bulk (1-2 hours).
Divide the dough in half and form into two balls. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin to a rectangle of approx. 10 inches by 16 inches.
Sprinkle half of the shredded cheese and half of the chopped herbs onto the rolled out dough.
Begin rolling it like a jelly roll from the short side.
Pinch the seam together.
With a sharp floured knife cut the loaf in half length wise keeping cut side facing up.
Pinch together the top ends of the loaf and turn the right strip up and over the left strip. Straighten it up and do this again till you reach the bottom.
Now pinch the bottom ends together too.
Carefully move the twisted loaf into a greased loaf pan.
Repeat with the second ball of dough. Cover the pans with a tea towel or waxed paper and let them rise again till they are 1 inch higher than the pan (approx. 35-40 minutes).
Bake at 350F for 40-50 minutes, rotating the loaves and covering with foil if getting too browned at the half way point (after approx. 25 min.).
Let them stand in the pans for a few minutes before removing and run a thin knife around the edges if the cheese has caused it to stick to the pan.
Voila - twisted cheese and herb bread made on a dreary rainy afternoon ...
Taste notes - this bread turned out soft and delicious. I like the texture of bread when using potato water!
Till next time ....... tomorrow is tackle the overgrown and weedy garden day (unless it rains again).
What are you up to this first week of September?