Herb and Cheese Twist Bread Recipe

Break bread with your loved ones at home! Not only is this twist bread recipe a show stopper, but great for an appetizer. Make an oil dipping sauce by mixing: 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, 1 tbsp of garlic, salt and pepper, 1/4 cup of Italian seasoning, and 2 tbsp of red pepper flakes.

Herb and Cheese Twist Bread Recipe

For the Bread Dough:
1 1/3 cups Warm Water
2 tablespoons Sugar
1 pkg. Yeast
1/4 cup Olive or Vegetable Oil
4 cups All-Purpose Flour
2 teaspoons Salt

For the Filling:
1/4 cup Olive Oil or Butter
1 1/2 cups Shredded Cheese of choice (we used Parmesan)
4 tablespoons Dried Herbs of choice (we used a mix of oregano, parsley and garlic powder)
2 teaspoons Salt

In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together water, sugar and yeast and let sit 10-15 minutes until
slightly foamy.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fit with a dough hook (or in a large bowl), stir together the flour and salt. Add the yeast mixture and oil all at once and combine on low speed until flour is incorporated (or by hand, stir with a wooden spoon until a rough dough forms).

Turn the speed to medium and let knead 7-8 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic and passes the window pane test. (by hand, place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead 9-10 minutes until smooth and elastic, adding a little extra flour here and there to help sticking).

Place dough in an oiled bowl and cover with oiled plastic wrap. Let sit at room temperature or in warm place (like a sunny window or on the counter near a warm oven) and let rise 2 hours, or until doubled in volume.

Punch down and roll out into a large rectangle, about 11” x 17”. Brush with the 1/4 cup olive oil or butter and evenly sprinkle with cheese, dried herbs and salt.

Roll up, as tightly as possible, starting from the long side. Place the roll seam side down and cut in half, length-wise, leaving 1 1/2 inches still connected at the top.

Twist the two sides together and scrunch to fit in a greased loaf pan. Cover again with the oiled plastic wrap and let rise once more for an hour. Place in a 350F oven (remove plastic first) and bake 35-45 minutes, until golden brown and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Let cool completely before slicing. Serve!

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