For the February edition of We Knead to Bake, we were asked to bread any bread of our choice. I went through loads of blogs, unsure of what I wanted to bake. I have been dying to bake some Grissini, but I thought it goes best with soup and in this hot and humid weather I wasn’t sure I wanted to make any soup at all.
I wanted to bake monkey bread, but I have left my bundt pan back in Bangalore and didn’t feel like baking them in the muffin pan. Moreover, I wanted something savory and the recipes I saw were mostly sweet. I check out a few dinner rolls as well but didn’t feel like baking them either.
To tell you the truth, without a good camera, I don’t feel like baking these days. I know! I know I am baking to eat and not to photograph, but you know, if you are part of a group with fabulous photographers whose pictures look like works of art, you really don’t feel like putting up your crappy pictures on the same page as theirs.
Anyway, I finally zeroed in on the Herb and Cheese Pretzel Bread that Aparna has on her blog. I didn’t add onions to the bread like she did, coz my in-laws are here and they don’t eat onions.
This time, unlike last time, I kept a close eye on the bread while proving. I wanted a really good texture unlike the dense texture I got last time with the Focaccia Caprese.
This was a fairly easy bread to make. Just mix all the ingredients, knead, leave to prove, shape the bread and then bake. Suited the lazy me coz I didn’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen baking elaborate stuff.
So without further ado, presenting the Herb and Cheese Pretzel Bread for this months “We Knead to Bake” bread. A beautiful bread to accompany a soup, a pasta or even to toast and have it plain. Ofcourse, my bread “uncrazy” family needed me to make a sandwich out of it for breakfast.
Recipe adapted from: Aparna’s blog
This month’s bread on Aparna’s blog: Ciabatta Rolls
Herb and Cheese Pretzel Bread
- 2 tsp instant dry yeast
- 1 1/2 tsp sugar
- 3/4 – 1 cup warm water
- 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 tsp dried Italian herbs, crushed
- 1 1/2 tsp crushed black pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Some white sesame seeds (optional)