If you have a bread maker with a dough setting, this is an effortless way to make lovely, light and fluffy, sharing bread or dough balls. You can adapt this to however you want it as all the seasoning is optional. You can keep them plain, with some garlic butter to dip them in.
Bread making has become my new Sunday tradition, and my home fills with the smell of fresh bread, herbs and garlic! I do go heavy on the seasoning, but that's my personal choice; you can add as little or as much as you would like.
Anyway, it is straightforward; just make sure you pop the ingredients in the order that your bread maker requires. For mine, it's always the liquid first, then seasoning, then flour, then yeast. Remember always to keep the yeast away from the salt and liquid to ensure it works well.
Recipe for Easy Cheesy Sharing Bread
Prep Time: 10 Minutes (plus 90 minutes in the bread maker)
Baking Time: 8-10 Minutes Serving: 16 - 20 dough balls
240 ml Water
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1 tbsp Sugar
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp mixed herbs (optional)
1/2 tsp Chilli Flakes (optional)
1 tsp Garlic Granules (optional)
3 cups Strong White Bread Flour
2 tsp Fast Action Yeast
50 grams Cheese (I used cheddar, but use whichever you like)
4 Rashers Smoked Bacon
1 tbsp Butter
1 - 2 garlic cloves finely chopped/minced
Add the water, oil, sugar, salt, seasoning (if using), bread flour, and fast action yeast to your bread machine and set on dough mode.
While the dough is processed, chop up four rashers of bacon (or buy lardons) and fry until browned. Drain any excess fat and leave it to one side to go cold. Grate your cheese and put it to one side.
Once the dough cycle has finished, heavily flour a work surface, and fold the bacon and cheese into the dough.
Once all the bacon and cheese is in the dough, and you now have a massive ball of yummy cheesy dough, cut it into around 16-20 pieces and place it on an oiled baking tray. You can either space them out as individual dough balls or place them next to each other to make one large piece (see picture)
Wrap the tray in cling film, cover with a tea towel and leave for around 20 minutes (or until it's doubled in size).
Preheat your oven to 220C/200C Fan
Melt the butter and finely chop the garlic, and mix.
Once the dough balls have doubled in size, brush the garlic butter over them and then pop them in the oven for 7-9 minutes.
They are delicious warm, dipped in soup, on their own, as a side... You name it, it goes with most things, and it's real comfort food.
Many of the ingredients are optional (including cheese and bacon). You could just make them relatively plain and dip them in the garlic butter rather than brush it over.
I hope you enjoy making this as much as I do! I'd love to know your twists on the recipe! Feel free to share!