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Garlic Fontina Bread

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.

Makes

2 loaves (16 slices each)

With its golden brown color and soft texture, this bread is a must at any family meal. It's a modified version of a traditional white bread recipe my brother gave me. Try it as garlic bread toast or for grilled sandwiches, or enjoy it as is. —Cindy Ryan, St. Johns, Michigan
Garlic Fontina Bread Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 5 to 5-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons shredded fontina cheese, divided
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons canola oil

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, shortening, garlic powder, salt and 3 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough. Stir in 1-1/2 cups cheese.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down. Shape into 2 loaves. Place in 2 greased 9x5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes. Brush with oil and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  4. Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 119 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 215mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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