Jalapeno Cheddar Bread
The perfect blend of spicy Jalapeno peppers, cornmeal, and Cheddar cheese gives this bread its south-of-the-border flavor.
This recipe makes 1 loaf
|Water||1/2 cup||1/2 cup, plus 3 TBSP||3/4 cup, plus 2 TBSP|
|Vegetable Oil||3 TBSP||1/4 cup||1/4 cup, plus 1 TBSP|
|Egg, room temperature||1||1||1|
|Salt||1 tsp||1+1/2 tsp||2 tsp|
|Sugar||4 tsp||2 TBSP||2 TBSP, plus 2 tsp|
|Yellow cornmeal||1/3 cup||1/2 cup||2/3 cup|
|Shredded Cheddar cheese||3/4 cup||1 cup||1+1/4 cup|
|Chopped jalapeno peppers||1 TBSP, plus 1+1/2 tsp||2 TBSP||2 TBSP, plus 1+1/2 tsp|
|Bread Flour||2+1/4 cups||3 cups||4 cups|
|Active Dry Yeast||1+1/2 tsp||2+1/4 tsp||1 TBSP|
A version of this recipe is featured at Food Wanderings (pictured).
Bread Machine Method
Have water at 80°F and all other ingredients at room temperature. Place ingredients in pan in the order specified in your owner’s manual. Select basic cycle and medium/normal crust. Do not use delay timer. Check dough consistency after 5 minutes of kneading. The dough should be in a soft, tacky ball. If it is dry and stiff, add water, 1/2 to 1 TBSP at a time. If it is too wet and sticky, add 1 TBSP of flour at a time. See our Bread Machine section for more helpful tips and information.
Use ingredient amounts listed for medium loaf, combine yeast, 1 cup flour, and other dry ingredients. Combine liquids, except egg, and heat to 120°-130°F.
Hand-Held Mixer Method: Combine dry mixture and liquid ingredients, except egg, in mixing bowl on low speed. Beat 2 to 3 minutes on medium speed. Add egg; beat 1 minute. By hand, stir in enough remaining flour to make a firm dough. Knead on floured surface 5 to 7 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Use additional flour if necessary.
Stand Mixer Method: Combine dry mixture and liquid ingredients, except egg, in mixing bowl with paddle or beaters for 4 minutes on medium speed. Add egg; beat 1 minute. Gradually add remaining flour and knead with dough hook(s) 5 to 7 minutes until smooth and elastic.
Food Processor Method: Put dry mixture in processing bowl with steel blade. While motor is running, add liquid ingredients and egg. Process until mixed. Continue processing, adding remaining flour until dough forms a ball.
Rising, Shaping and Baking
Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and turn to grease top. Cover; let rise until dough tests ripe. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; punch down to remove air bubbles. Roll or pat into a 14 x 7- inch rectangle. Starting with shorter side, roll up tightly, pressing dough into roll. Pinch edges and taper ends to seal. Place in greased 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Cover; let rise until indentation remains after touching. Bake in preheated 375°F oven 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from pan; cool.
You can substitute Instant (fast-rising) yeast for Active Dry Yeast. Traditional methods- replace 1:1. Expect your dough to rise faster; always let your dough rise until ‘ripe’. Bread Machines- use 1/2 tsp Instant yeast (or 3/4 tsp Active Dry yeast) per cup of flour in your recipe. Visit our Lessons in Yeast & Baking for more information.