Cheddar and Sesame Challah Pull Apart Bread
Makes one bread
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1 tablespoon yeast
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 4 tablespoons softened unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar
- 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
- 3 1/2 to 4 cups bread flour
- 3 tablespoons melted butter for drizzling
- 1/4 cup untoasted sesame seeds
Instructions:In a mixer bowl, whisk the water and yeast together. Then briskly stir in a cup of the flour, then the sugar, salt butter, and most of the flour to make a soft dough. Fold in the cheeses. Knead, dusting in more flour as required, to make a soft, bouncy dough, 8-10 minutes. Spray with non-stick cooking spray and lightly cover with a plastic sheet. Let rise 45-60 minutes. At the end of rising, gently deflate dough. Cut into 4-6 random slabs. Place in a greased 12 by 5 inch loaf pan or a 10 inch spring-form pan. Cover and let rise 30-40 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 F. Drizzle on melted butter then sprinkle on sesame seeds. Bake until golden brown (30-35 minutes). Let rest in pan before removing to a rack.
Buttery, cheesy, crusty. This bread is cut into rough slabs before rising. Once itrises, it merges into a unique loaf. Perfect with a mid winter Caesar Salad lunch or an omelet supper. This bread is bigger than the sum of its parts.