Friday, December 2, 2011

Copy Cat Great Harvest Bread

This past summer, we got a Great Harvest Bread Company. They make all the breads there and they are all amazing. My very favorite was the garlic cheddar bread. It had melty cheese inside of the bread, I was just amazed. WEll, thanks to Pinterest.. I found a copycat recipe of that bread. That being said, I made it right away and so should you :) Here's what you'll need
Milk, yeast, salt, flour, sugar, butter, cheddar cheese, and garlic. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, salt, and yeast
In a saucepan, whisk together sugar, butter, and milk until fully melted and combined
Remove from heat and let cool about 5 minutes. Pour into the flour and yeast mixture
Stir that together on low speed until just combined. Knead in remaning flour. Add shredded cheese and minced garlic
Knead those ingredients into the bread. Roll into a ball, then cover in oil
Cover with a thin, warm and slighty damp towel; set aside and let rise about an hour, or until doubled in size. Punch down and let all the air bubbles out
Place the bread in a greased loaf pan. Top with more garlic and cheese. Place in a preheated oven and bake
Let the loaf cool in the pan about 5 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely
I hope you like cheese, because this recipe is not shy on the cheese. Slice 
And, if thats not enough garlic for you, add some garlic butter
Enjoy! Whatever is left-over, store in tight wrapped foil. Before eating again, I put it back in the oven, still in the foil and heated it up.

Copy Cat Garlic Cheddar Bread

  • 3 1/2 – 4 1/2 c. flour
  • 1 T. yeast
  • 1 c. milk
  • 2 T. butter or margarine
  • 2 T. sugar
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1 1/2 c. shredded Sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
1. In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 c. flour and yeast.

2. Add the milk, butter or margarine, sugar and salt to a small saucepan. Heat until warm and the butter is completely melted. Add to mixing bowl and stir by hand or beat with an electric mixer until combined. Slowly add remaining flour until the dough comes together and is no longer sticky. Add 1 1/4 c. cheese (reserve remaining cheese) and garlic until combined.
3. Place dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover and allow to rise for at least 1 hour.
4. Punch dough down and remove from bowl. Form dough into an oval-shaped loaf and place on a baking sheet. Or place in a well greased loaf pan. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top and a little more garlic.
5. Bake at 375 degrees for 25-35 minutes, until golden and hollow sounding when tapped.
The garlic in the bread is purely a matter of taste. Feel free to add more, less or omit all together. You could also cut it into slivers instead of mincing it if you prefer chunks of garlic. Slice up and slab on some garlic butter if you would like. Enjoy!