Upon moving from Pittsburgh to Houston, I did not understand the reverence for barbecue and the devout following of whatever local barbecue joint is your favorite. Now I am not a big fan of smoky flavored meat, but I became a HUGE fan of a certain cheesy, spicy, warm, bread that was served on the side of a barbecue platter. It is seriously amazing! So, imagine my sheer joy when I discovered a recipe in the Houston Chronicle for this wonderful recipe. I made a couple of changes to suit our palate and doubled the recipe. That batch of bread did not last very long. It is so wonderful. Give it a try and serve it with barbecue, chili, use it for sandwiches, or just sliced and enjoyed plain.
Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese Bread
Makes 1 loaf
- 1 packet Quick Rise Yeast
- 1/4 warm beer (I used corona) – warm in the microwave or saucepan to about 110 degrees
- 4 TBSP butter, melted
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 3 1/2 cups bread flour
- 1/2 cup pickled jalapeno, chopped and dried on paper towelling
- 2 cups grated extra sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp kosher salt
In a large mixing bowl, mix yeast and warm beer together. Watch to ensure that it begins to foam. In another small bowl, mix together the butter, egg, and buttermilk. Add the egg mixture into the yeast mixture. Stir in salt, sugar, and the bread flour. Mix well. Knead the dough by hand for 5 to 10 minutes (or if you are lazy, like me, use your mixer to knead until it becomes smooth and elastic). Form dough into a ball, spray your mixing bowl with cooking spray,place dough in bowl, cover with plastic wrap and a towel. Stick bowl in a warm place and allow to rise until double in size – about an hour.
Turn dough out onto floured surface. Pat the dough into a flat shape. Add cheese and jalapenos. Roll up the dough and start to knead the dough to incorporate the cheese and jalapenos into the dough. Form dough into a loaf shape and place into a butter greased bread pan. Cover with a towel and allow to rise a second time in a warm place until dough reaches about 1/2 – 1 inch above pan.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake the bread for 40 – 45 minutes until beautifully golden brown and sounds hollow when knocked.
This is totally optional,but really good…after removing bread from oven, brush top with half & half or heavy cream and sprinkle very lightly with finely grated cheddar.
Serve to those you love and sit back to enjoy the accolades. Yep, you’re a Goddess!