Italian Mac-n-Cheese Bread

 

So, ever since I made that Povitica Bread – I have been thinking of other things I can roll up with a floured pillow case and bake, check out the Cinnamon Swirls.

 

This time I wanted to create something savory.

 

 

Something savory that Addison would eat.

 

Something soft that the toothless wonder could eat.

 

 

Since that girl is about to turn into a giant macaroni, I had this idea that I could make bread that tasted like macaroni and cheese.

 

You know that homemade macaroni and cheese your grandma use to make?

 

This bread tastes exactly like that!

 

It tastes great with a nice Shiraz too.

 

 

Italian Mac-n-Cheese Bread

 

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makes 1 loaf, adapted from The Gingered Whisk


Dough

 

1 1/2 t. active dry yeast

2 T. warm water

pinch of sugar

1/2 c. warm 1% milk

1 T. sugar

3/4 T. salt

1 large egg

1 T. olive oil

2 to 2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour

1 t. Italian Herb Blend (oregano, basil, rosemary, thyme, marjoram)

 

 

 

Filling

 

8 oz. sharp cheddar

15 oz. part skim ricotta

2 eggs

1/4 t. salt

1 t. Italian Herb Blend

1 T. butter, melted

 

 

 

Combine yeast, water and pinch of sugar and let sit for 2 to 3 minutes.  Add remaining sugar, egg, milk, olive oil, flour, salt and herb blend.  Knead for 5 minutes in a stand mixer until a slightly tacky ball of dough is formed.

 

Place in a large oiled bowl and cover with a shower cap.  Let sit for 45 to 60 minutes until about doubled.

 

Roll out the dough on a well-floured pillow case, forming a large rectangle.

 

 

Combine cheddar, ricotta, eggs, salt and herb blend and mix well.

 

Spread evenly over the entire surface of the rolled out dough.

 

 

Grab the long edge of the pillow case and roll up the dough into a thick snake.

 

 

Bend in half and place in an oiled bread pan.  Tuck the ends in.

 

 

Cover the bread and let rise for 15 minutes while the oven preheats to 350 degrees.

 

 

Brush the loaf with the melted butter and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes and then an additional 30 minutes at 300 degrees.

 

 

Let cool 15 minutes in the pan and then remove and let cool completely before slicing.

 

 

This bread will make your house, apartment, condo, hacienda smell absolutely wonderful.

 

It’s a meal in itself, but top it with a slice of turkey meatloaf – Deeeelightful!

 

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