Ham and Cheese Bread Recipe
This Ham and Cheese bread won't disappoint with monterey cheese, cheddar cheese and a soft flavorful Boursin cheese you can't go wrong. After all everyone loves a good cheesy bread .... Right?
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Prep all your ingredients ahead to make sure you have everything you will need. Pour your milk into a heavy saucepan and scald. Do not allow the milk to come to a boil.
Pour scalded milk into a large bowl and allow to cool to 105F. Add in 1 cup of bread flour and mix till smooth.
Now, add in your instant yeast and another cup of bread flour. Mix with a wooden spoon.
As you can see the dough will be firm. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest for 1 hour in a warm place.
Just before the dough is ready, mix your butter and sugar together in a bowl. Using your mixer beat on high speed the sugar and butter together till fluffy.
Add in your eggs and continue to mix till for another few minutes. Be sure to scrap the sides of the bowl a few times.
Add the butter mixture to the dough and mix till smooth. Add in another cup of bread flour and mix.
Add a little flour to a flat surface and continue to add in the rest of the flour. Knead for 8 minutes. You may or may not need all the flour. You want to dough to be a little on the sticky side. But, not sticking to the table. After kneading for 8 minutes add in the diced ham and knead till all the ham is well distributed throughout the dough.
Add a little oil to a bowl and place the kneaded dough into the bowl and turn over till you have a very light coating on all sides of the dough. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest for 1 hour or till double in bulk. After the dough has risen place onto a flat surface. Roll out the dough into a 18 inch circle.
Place a 2 3/4 to 3 inch cup onto the middle of the dough. Using a pizza cutter cut the dough into four equal slices. Now cut each slice into five more slices.
Now, spread the boursin cheese onto every other slice. After you have spread the boursin cheese take the non cheese slices and place them on top of the cheesed slices.
Give each slice three twists. Once they are twisted roll the first twist from the side and place onto the middle of the dough. Now, continue with all the pieces till the are all rolled together.
Place a piece of parchment paper onto a cookie sheet and dust with cornmeal. Place the loaf onto the parchment paper. You may need an extra set of hands to do this easily.
Take one egg white and beat it with a whisk till foamy and spread just the foam onto the top of the loaf. Sprinkle the monterey and cheddar cheese on top.
Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest for 1 hour. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 - 35 minute. The loaf should sound hollow when taped on the bottom. Place onto a wire rack and cool.
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