Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Heavenly Jalapeno Bread

I love freshly baked bread.  Growing up, I remember buying bread from a bakery called Paris Bakery.  I still remember the crisp smell of their baked goods and the pleasure of eating them.  Recently, we enjoyed homemade bread and cheese fondue at a friend's place, and now I am tempted to bake my own. 

For spice, we will add finely chopped jalapeno to the dough.  It looks intimidating, but with practice, and some instant yeast, baking bread is a breeze.

Jalapeno Bread

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups warm water
1/2 cup finely chopped jalapeno (optional)

Fold in all ingredients in a bowl, cover and let sit overnight in a warm spot.  The next morning, you will see that the dough has risen and is bubbly.  Fold over a few times with floured hands into a ball.  Let it sit for a couple of hours.

Preheat oven to 450F.

Bake for about 40 minutes until crust is golden brown and inside is done (toothpick inserted in center comes out clean).

Cut into slices after bread has cooled.  Enjoy a slice with butter or cheese spread.  Yum!

Picture below shows Cheddar Jalapeno bread...

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