Really, is there a better time to make a loaf of bread like this than during a stay home order? No seriously, I've been perfecting my bread making skills during this current state of pandemic. On a chilly day a couple of weeks ago, while we were watching the snow melt and creep across our driveway, I went about making this loaf of flavor heaven. I wanted the warmth of baking to fill our kitchen the way the spring sunlight was.
Dutch-Oven Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese Bread
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Ingredients: Pantry Staples & Fresh Ingredients
Rating: ★★★★★Dutch-Oven Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese Bread was really a toss together kind of thing for anyone with some baking experience. The only thing I didn't do was bloom my yeast in the warm water. I added the yeast to the dry mixture and then stirred the warm water into the mixture to create the shaggy sticky dough.
In my opinion, the most complicated portion of the recipe in all was removing this sticky dough from the bowl to the floured surface and turning it over. There really is no way to pull a sticky wet dough carefully from a bowl and turn it over twice with much success. In my next rendition of this, I think I will be folding the edges of the dough in while it's still in the bowl and then turn it out directly onto the parchment paper. I'm hoping for less fuss.
If you're wondering about the flavors and the success, I will keep you waiting no longer. This was as close to those amazing bagels as I'm going to be getting in our small town. While the bread is light and airy, the cheese and jalapenos brought all those flavor memories to life. I would be lying if I told you this wasn't a spicy bread, but we like the heat. I assume as with all things spicy it will only build on its heat as it sits. I'm also fairly certain this loaf won't last long enough to get too spicy to eat. Putting it in the file to make again. Gratifying!