Thursday, May 29, 2008

Marmite/Cheddar Bread And Tornado!

I'll keep this brief as there are tornadoes touching down not far from here and reports of semi trailers strewn all over the Interstate. Right now it is calm in my town but we all know (from the other night) how fast this can change. Kearney, I heard has been hit pretty hard tonight.

You Will Need:

1 cup fed sourdough starter
2 cups water
3 cups all purpose flour
2 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese 2 heaping tablespoons Marmite
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
3-4 cups all purpose flour

In a large bowl, soften the starter with the water. Mix in the three cups of flour and cover with plastic. Let stand three hours.

Stir in the sugar, salt, marmite, cheese and flour a cup at a time until the dough is no longer sticky. Knead well, about ten minutes. Place in a greased bowl, cover and let rise until doubled-about three hours.

Punch down, divide in two and shape. Place on cornmeal dusted pan and dust lightly with flour. Cover with a towel and let rise until nearly doubled-about two hours.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Slash loaves. Using whatever method you prefer to create steam, do so and load the loaves. Bake 20 minutes, then rotate the pans-take care opening the oven as there may be steam.

Bake until they reach an internal temperature of about 200 degrees F. The loaves should sound hollow and have a deep golden colour.

OK-gotta go, the weather is getting scary. Stay safe everyone.

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