Monday, October 14, 2013

Local Cheese Loaf

I made the second recipe from the book "Bread Revolution". The first bread that I've tried was the Potato and Rosemary Bread, which was very good, and so is this cheese loaf.

The authors used local cheese from Cheddar, in south-west England, with their bakery just a few miles down the road. I am so envious that local made cheese are so easily available over there! The cheeses in Malaysia, are imported, and besides being expensive, (some are excessively expensive!), many types of cheeses cannot be found over here.

Cheddar Cheese is one of the common cheese that can be easily obtained from any supermarkets over here, and even though they are not entirely cheap, at least they are affordable. 

This Cheese Loaf uses strong, hard cheese like Cheddar, or any other local hard cheese if available. According to the book, "You want a cheese that will melt and ooze right into this loaf, rather than stay in little cheesy pockets, and one with a strong enough flavour. The taste of mild cheeses such as Brie will just get lost." 

Firstly, the yeast is dissolved in some water and mix with the rest of the ingredients and the mixture is kneaded by hand until smooth, and placed, covered, in an oiled bowl until doubled in size.

After the first rising, punch down the dough, shape into a ball, place on baking tray, cover with a damp cloth and leave to rise until doubled in size. I have made three scores on the risen dough just before baking, as seen from the photo in the book even though it is not stated in the recipe.

I have made half a recipe which yield one small loaf.

The bread bakes up a lovely crusty brown. And I'm so happy to see the scores on the bread did not disappear!

Smells so wonderful with cheese while the bread is baking. Makes me so impatient to eat it!

Could not wait for it to cool down! I was surprised to find that the crust is not hard and crispy, but rather soft and nice.

This Cheese Loaf has a beautiful moist and soft texture. 

I can certainly taste the cheese in the bread.

And the good thing is, the crumb remains as soft on the next day. I enjoyed slices of it with salted butter and a cup of hot black coffee. Another keeper from this book!

Local Cheese Loaf
(adapted from "Bread Revolution", Duncan Glendinning and Patrick Ryan)
makes 2 small 400 gm or 1 lb loaves
500 gm (1 lb 2 oz/3-1/3 cups) strong white flour
10 gm (2 tsp) fine sea salt
10 gm (2 tsp) golden caster (superfine) sugar
100 gm (3-1/2 oz/1 cup) grated strong local cheese, ideally a hard cheese such as cheddar
10 gm (2 tsp) fresh yeast or 7 gm (1-1/2 tsp) dried or fast-action yeast
300 ml (10-1/2 fl oz) water

  1. Combine the flour with the salt, sugar and grated cheese in a bowl and make a well in the centre. Crumble the yeast into the water and stir to dissolve. Pour the yeasted water into the well and bring together into a dough with your hands or with a spatula.
  2. Turn the dough out on to a clean kitchen surface and knead for 10 minutes or until you achieve the windowpane effect. Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth and allow to prove for about 60 minutes or until it has doubled in size.
  3. Turn the dough out on to a clean surface and knock it back, then allow it to rest for about five minutes. Divide the rested dough into two equal portions. Shape into two nice ball loaves and place on a baking tray, allowing enough space so that the loaves will not touch while proving. Cover them with a damp cloth and allow to prove for another 60 minutes. They should double in size.
  4. Preheat the oven to 220C (425F/Gas 7) and put a roasting tray in the bottom. When ready to bake, place the loaves in the oven and steam by adding ice cubes or cold water to the tray. After about 15 minutes reduce the oven temperature to 190C (375F/Gas 5), as the cheese in the dough will naturally caramelize quite quickly. Continue baking for a further 15-20 minutes, until golden and the base of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped.
kitchen flavours notes :
~ made half a recipe, use a scant half teaspoon of salt as the cheese is already salty
~ use 150ml of water, plus 1 tablespoon.


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  1. i think my place here is worse still when it comes to variety of cheese. eh, you did the scoring well, i'm always nervous to score my bread, tried a few times and turned out not pretty . Nice texture and looks like a nice crispy crust too!

  2. Nice and crispy bread , looks yummy...

  3. Hi Joyce , yummy bread and I will be making this bread , Joyce the bread is fit for a king , thanks for sharing :).

  4. Looks so golden brown and beautiful!

  5. Beautiful crust and fabulous texture, u rock with ur breads.

  6. Hello, Joyce, I feel like grabbing this bread & spread with some peanut butter & honey to eat straight away, haha! Like the shape.

  7. Beautifully baked and love how the slices look. I seldom bake yet I salute people like you who are good at it.

  8. I thought the inside of the bread will be a little bit yellowish with the presence of cheddar but it is still white and the bread looks soft and spongy.

  9. This loaf looks really beautifully, golden, crusty and fluffy inside. Love bread with cheese in it.

  10. you know joyce, i realised you are really good with all these "ang moh" bread...

  11. From the cross section, it looks soft. Goes well with kopi-O....

  12. Hi Joyce,

    You have baked this country style loaf very well. It looks very rustic :D


  13. It looks crispy outside and soft inside, wonderful to go with a bowl of soup !

  14. Once again you have created a heavenly bread Joyce, I was surprised to see that the bread is so white and fluffy, Was the Cheddar cheese of the white variety? Simply gorgeous. I wish I had a slice or two right now. It must be delicious as a sandwich.

    Thank you so much for sharing...

  15. Thanks for sharing, Pinned!

  16. Very lovely bread, Joyce. I bookmarked this! Thank you.

  17. Lovely!. I like the crust. I can just imagine biting into this crusty bread!

  18. Joyce, your bread as usual looks lovely! I am OK with cheddar cheese, so I will love this bread and not get dizzy hah! hah!

  19. Joyce , there are loads of cheeses here but the price makes me cringe :P Okay , maybe some are not that pricey but most of the time my wallet won't shell out that much cash lol Just love the beautifully-scored top , the brown crust so as soft , cheesy crumbs ( so what if I can't see the grated cheese ! ) lol

  20. This is a really beautiful loaf, Joyce. I also expected the inside to have a yellowish color. Surprise!
    Thank you for linking this week.

  21. Your boule looks absolutely inviting, I think I shall give this a try as I have some goat cheese in the fridge!

  22. Hello Joyce, many thanks for linking up your delicious cheddar bread with "Bake Your Own Bread - Il Cestino del Pane".
    I've baked recently a bread with cheese and bacon and I loved the taste of cheese in the dough.
    I'd love to try your recipe with the cheddar. Look at your crumbs! Fabulous!

  23. such a nice looking bread, looks yummy too!