Cheesy Puff Pull Apart Bread

Cheesy Puff Pull Apart Bread

bread1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1 tablespoon sugar

2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast (1 envelope)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup milk (I used 2%)

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup water

2 eggs, at room temperature

12 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated (1 1/2 bricks)

1/4 cup butter, melted


In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of all purpose flour and 1 cup of whole wheat pastry flour with sugar, salt and yeast, and stir to mix. I used the bowl of my electric mixer. In a small saucepan heat milk and butter over low heat until butter is just melted, then set aside for 1 minute and add water. Add milk mixture to the flour and stir to combine. I used the dough hook on my electric mixer, but you can stir with a spatula. Add eggs one at a time, mixing until each is combined. This will take a few minutes. Add in 8 ounces of the grated cheddar cheese and mix with your hands to incorporate the cheese. At times I just pulled apart pieces of dough and stuck cheese in it. Add the remaining all purpose flour and knead the dough. It will still be sticky but resist adding more flour.  Set dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a towel, then set in a warm place to rise for one hour. After one hour, punch the dough down and either refrigerate for later/tomorrow use, or use it now. Lightly flour your workspace and using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a giant rectangle. I followed the directions and rolled it to be about 12 x 12 inches. Brush the dough with melted butter then covered with the remaining grated cheese. Using a pizza cutter, slice the dough from top to bottom into 6 even strips – they do not have to be perfect. Lay the strips on top of each other (be careful you don’t lose the cheese!) and then cut into 6 pieces again. Butter and lightly flour a 9 x 5 loaf pan. Layer the square slices into the loaf pan cut side down (like in the first picture). Cover the dough with a towel and let rise for another hour.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and set the loaf pan on a baking sheet. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the top is golden brown.



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