Project BreadHead: 02 Cheese And Onion Loaf

Time for my second bake of Project BreadHead.

Here are the ingredients:

An onion, some butter, white bread flour, easy bake dried yeast, mustard powder, grated mature cheese, milk and water and some salt and pepper.

The recipe asks for unbleached white flour but I couldn’t find that anywhere convenient so I’ve used normal. For the yeast, you can use a sachet or the Dove’s Farm stuff. I used a sachet just because I have some lying around I want to get rid of. For the milk I had to improvise. I don’t drink milk, I use Soya milk but that’s generally rubbish for baking so I used a milk powder. I made up a mix of 300ml and used this. It’s got a lower viscosity than just milk so I assumed the mix replicated the watered down milk this recipe asked for.

First up, chop the onion pretty finely and saute in about half the melted butter:

Leave that to one side to cool. Sift the flour into a bowl and mix in the yeast, mustard, salt and pepper, three quarters of the cheese and the cooled onion. It gets a bit lumpy:

Make a well in the centre and pour in the milky mix. Stir to form a soft dough then turn out onto a floured surface for kneading. Knead for about 10 minutes. This is such a full and heavy mix and really takes some work but then as it starts to get more elasticy, it gets easier. Roll into a ball and place in an oiled bowl:

Leave to rise for an hour:

Turn it out onto a floured surface, knock it back and knead for a couple of minutes. Split into about 20 even pieces. I managed 16, could’ve gone smaller I suppose! Split in half and use one half to layer the bottom of the pan. Brush with some melted butter:

Add the other half and brush again:

Cover with cling film and leave to rise for 45 minutes:

Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top:

Bake for 45 minutes on gas mark 5. I need a bigger tin, this exploded!

This is a really nice bread. It’s more like a massive cheese scone though. It goes well with soup, toasted or just with butter. Or if like me, you’ll spend hours just picking at it and eating it unspoiled!

2 thoughts on “Project BreadHead: 02 Cheese And Onion Loaf”

    1. Aha, in my introduction I noted “because the book is copyrighted, I’m afraid I won’t be giving exact recipes. I’ll tell you what’s in each loaf but to be more precise, you really should go buy the book.”

      I figure I’ll just get sued and have to stop mid project if I publish the exact measurements. I’m probably treading a fine line documenting the method! If you check the main project page I’ve listed the ISBN code and also given a link to a book on Amazon by the same authors using the same pictures so I reckon the recipes are the same too. Only £7, bargain!

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