Putting my Blue Gouda to good use. (You know, other than stuffing my face with it.)
Blue Gouda & Cracked Black Pepper Bread!
This bread came to me in a vision–a vision, I tell you!–when I cut into my Blue Gouda cheese. The dough is packed with crumbled Blue Gouda and a sprinkle of coarse ground cracked black pepper. It’s delicious.
Here’s how you can make it at home. And yes, you can use blue cheese from the store if you don’t have a cow!
How to make Blue Gouda & Cracked Black Pepper Bread:
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 teaspoon yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
3 1/2 cups flour (approximately)
1 cup crumbled blue cheese
In a large bowl, combine water, yeast, sugar, salt, olive oil, and pepper. Let sit five minutes. Stir in the first cup of flour with a heavy spoon. Add the crumbled blue cheese. Add more flour a little at a time as needed, stirring until dough becomes too stiff to continue stirring easily. Add a little more flour and begin kneading. The amount of flour is approximate–your mileage may vary! Continue adding flour and kneading until the dough is smooth and elastic. Let dough rise in a greased, covered bowl until doubled. (Usually, about an hour.) Uncover bowl; sprinkle in a little more flour and knead again before dividing in half. With floured hands, shape dough into two rustic-style loaves and place on a greased pan.
When making rustic-style loaves, I only give them a few minutes to relax as I pre-heat the oven then they go right in. They hold shape better, and rise in the oven. Be sure to use a knife to slash the bread to prevent cracking in the oven.
Bake for 25 minutes in a preheated 350-degree oven. Makes two loaves just right for supper size!
And you know what? You can make it yourself, but if you don’t want to? You can buy it from my Etsy shop, where I’m selling breads, soap, fudge, and other things! You can find my Blue Gouda & Cracked Black Pepper bread here. Seriously, farm-fresh bread delivered to your door.