Herb Cheese Bread

Herb Cheese Bread

The aroma and flavor of this herb cheese bread is delightful, especially if you grow the herbs yourself.
½ cup of lukewarm water
2 ¼ teaspoon of yeast
1 cup of milk
1/3 cup of butter
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 ½ teaspoons of salt
1 large egg
¾ cup of grated parmesan cheese (These cheeses could also be substituted for Romano cheese or other favorite cheeses)
¾ cup of grated asiago cheese
½ teaspoon of crushed oregano
¼ teaspoon of marjoram
½ teaspoon of finely cut cilantro leaves
About 4 cups of unbleached all-purpose flour
Liquid Ingredients of Herb Cheese Bread

Dissolve the yeast into the lukewarm water and set aside. Heat the milk and butter, and then mix in the sugar and salt until dissolved. Cool this mixture to lukewarm and add a beaten egg. Now add the yeast mixture to the milk mixture and stir to blend well.
Herbs and Cheese Added to Bread Mixture
 Next, add the herbs and cheese and stir in well. Finally, work in the flour.
Knead Herb Cheese Dough

Turn the dough out onto a floured board and knead the dough.
Herb Cheese Bread Set to Rise in Warm Place

 Divide the dough in half. Grease two loaf pans and place dough into pans to rise.
Herb Cheese Bread Ready to Bake
Herb Cheese Bread

Once the dough has risen you can bake in a 350°F oven until nicely browned and done. Oops! Did you notice I did not punch down the dough after the first rising and let it rise a second time? Two risings is the proper way to make bread but, sometimes I am short on time till I have to have supper on the table or I am too busy with farm chores. I am sure there is a scientific explanation for the two risings but, when I am in a pinch I just let it rise once. I have not noticed a real difference.

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