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Cheese and Herb Bread

I had to do a bunch of stuff around the house today – since I’ve decided to do my hot yoga in the mornings before work, I need to be uber organized! – so I decided that since I was going to be home for a chunk of the day (in between morning yoga and night time hockey game, that is), I should probably bake some bread. Because most of the “baking of bread” is actually just letting it rise. Honestly, it takes about 10 minutes of actual work, but then 1.5-2 hours of rising time and 0.5 hr of baking time, during which you don’t actually need to do anything other than be present so as not to let the house burn down. And this time, I decided to add some cheese and herbs1 to the mix.  So my place smelled like herbs as it baked. And it’s sooo tasty!  Omg, so tasty!  Good thing I’m doing all the yoga – need to burn off all the bread calories!

Here is my taste-tastic cheese and herb bread:

Cheese & herb bread

Looks pretty good, eh? The other side, however, not quite as pretty:

Cheese & herb bread

Turns out that I made the dough a little light and given that I was letting it rise on my stove, which is not perfectly even2, it sort of spilled over the one edge and started dripping down that side. I pushed it up as much as I could before I put it in the oven, but it dripped down again in the oven before the baking took. Tastes pretty damn good, though, so I’m not complaining!

In related news, one of my coworkers has offered to pay me to make lunches for her. I think there’s about a 50% chance that she’s kidding.

  1. specifically, rosemary and thyme []
  2. which totally drives me nuts when I’m cooking on my stovetop []

8 Responses to Cheese and Herb Bread

  1. Kalev Hunt says:

    You can always make lunches for me. I will pay you with my continued friendship. 😀

  2. Beth says:

    Does that mean if I don’t make you lunches, you’ll discontinue our friendship 🙁

  3. Beth says:

    P.S. I wish you were here to try this bread. It is the bomb!

  4. Kalev Hunt says:

    I realise that’s what it sounded like but that wasn’t really what I meant. Plus by the time stuff got to me here in “the centre of the universe” (ha! gimme a break), I’m sure it would be kinda grody.

    The bread does sound very, very tasty, though.

  5. Beth says:

    Next time we are both in the same province for more than 2 days at a time, I will bake you some bread!

  6. Chris T says:

    Hey Beth – your bread looks fab! If you have that problem again you could re-knead the bread and take some off and make a bun or two out of the excess. Another great way to raise bread is to turn on the oven and let the heat that radiates up help it along. Make sure you cover with a tea towel though. Another option is to put the oven on warm, put your dough in, and turn it off. That will work well too!

  7. Chris T says:

    Did you put oats on the top or is that cheese?

  8. Beth says:

    Take some off and make a bun! That’s a great idea! Not sure why I didn’t think of that.

    And that’s cheese on top! Mmmm, cheese!

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