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Baking Bread: Parmesan Loaf

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

20161218_194129Nothing fills the house with the aromas of yum quite like baked bread.

Here's a great recipe that's easy to put together and easy on the wallet, as you should already have everything you need for making this bread in your pantry.

And after tasting this bread, you'll probably start baking your own more often......

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2 cups whole milk, scalded
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon dried, minced onion
  • 3 Tablespoons grated, Parmesan cheese
  • 6 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tabs of butter

Directions:

Soften the yeast in warm water and half the sugar, set aside.  In a small sauce pan over low heat, combine the milk, 2 tabs of butter, garlic powder and minced onion.  Heat it through until you start to see it steam up, then turn off the heat and let the milk cool to lukewarm.   In a large mixing bowl, combine half the flour, salt, remaining sugar and Parmesan cheese, lightly combine. Mix in the milk mixture to start forming the dough, slowly add in the remaining flour until you get a stiff enough dough to form a ball.  Cover with oil sprayed plastic and let the dough rise until it doubles in size (a little over an hour or so).  This is going to be enough dough to make two loaves, put the dough in two greased loaf pans, cover with plastic and let the dough rise some more, for about 45 minutes.  Bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes.  After removing the loaves from the oven, melt the remaining butter over the top crust and sprinkle on some additional Parmesan.

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