I've already eaten half a small round bread! :P
- 2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
- 2/3 cup white sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoons salt (I use less than most recipes so if you want more salt, up to 1/2 t more is ok)
- 1/8 cup vegetable oil, 1/8 Cup melted butter (or use 1/4 oil if no butter available)
- 6 cups bread flour
1 Tablespoon hot Red pepper diced very fine
1 Tablespoon Jalepeno pepper sliced thinly
1 large bud garlic, diced fine... or chunky if that's your thang :)
(I used 4 small garlic buds to make about a large Tablespoon of garlic)
or use whatever you feel is appropriate. Hot tamales or banana peppers, your choice.
4 sliced black olives - green olives are ok too. If you've got the ones with the pimento's inside, yum! use those.
2 Tablespoons finely diced onion
very finely chopped Cilantro (to taste - I used about a 1/2 teaspoon)
finely shredded Asiago cheese or whatever you've got
sharp cheddar slices to place ontop of the bread
In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in warm water, and then stir in yeast. Allow to proof until yeast resembles a creamy foam. Mix salt, butter and oil into the yeast and water then add your asiago and vegetables - stir.
Let this sit for a minute.
Mix in flour one cup at a time until you have formed a good dough that isn't sticky.
Flour your counter or bread board, place the dough on the board and knead dough until smooth. I do this between 5 - 8 minutes. Grab your large bowl - oil or butter it up and place your dough in the bowl - put it in a very warm place to rise.
I usually heat the oven for a half minute or so, just to get it warm, then place the bowl in the oven. When it looks about double its size (1/2 to 1 hour later) you can take the bowl out of the oven and punch the dough down lightly - seperate it and place it in buttered and floured bread pans or whatever kind of pans you will be using.
Allow to rise for 30 minutes, or until dough has risen about 1 inch above pans. Place the slices of sharp cheddar cheese on top - and add any other garnish to beautify. I used some extra olive, tomato and a couple of leaves of Cilantro. I also put a few slices in the dough with a sharp knife.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes or until it is perfectly browned. I then remove the bread from the oven and brush with whole egg.
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