Italian Cheese Bread Recipe
- 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon quick-rise yeast
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup warm water (120° to 130°)
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup prepared Italian salad dressing
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- Dash pepper
- 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Beat in water and oil until blended. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
- Turn onto a floured surface; knead for 1-2 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 20 minutes.
- Punch dough down; place on a greased 12-in. pizza pan and pat into a 12-in. circle. Brush with salad dressing. Combine the seasonings; sprinkle over top. Sprinkle with cheeses.
- Bake at 450° for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm. Yield: 1 loaf (16 pieces).
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"OK.....very, very heavy bread....I was taught when making Italian bread to knead the dough for about 15 minutes..not 1 or 2 minutes. Also, when I let it rise for a half hour, then you have to knead it again for another 10 minutes and let it rise in a warm place. THEN, I baked it. Much less heavy, but still a nice bread...not real airy like the cheap breads in the stores. Thank you for the recipe. I just happen to like a bread that is not so "doughy". I also baked it on 400 degrees for about 30 minutes. My loaves, however, were rather large."
"I have been wanting to make this recipe for a couple of years. Tonight I did. It was easy and quick, but I did not like the taste. The thyme was a little overwhelming. I know I could switch the herbs to my liking but I was rating the recipe on the recipe as stated. And as stated, I wasn't thrilled, nor was my bread eating family. I will try again with different herbs and spices. Thanks again for the recipe!"
"An old favourite. We all love this for a snack."
"I made this in my bread machine using the dough setting. I had some thin spots, so next time I'll need to make sure I pat it evenly in the pan. The bread was delicious. I added some oregano to the dough and used olive oil instead of canola oil."