Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Cheesy Mustard Pretzel Bread!

It's football season! "Woo-hoo!" she said, tongue in cheek. LOL! In my case, I'm really not much of a fan. I grew up with a father who watched NO sports. He and I would watch PBS "Masterpiece Theater" on Sunday nights..... a far cry from Sunday Night Football . However, I'm married to an occasional fan. My hubby is definitely not an addict - no fantasy leagues, etc.- but he does enjoy an afternoon/evening of rooting for "his" team (the Dallas Cowboys; Also, anyone who is playing AGAINST the Steelers -haha!). Though I may not love the game, I do love the food and the friendship that comes into play. I'm always up for good people and good food!

This bread would be great for sandwiches at game party. It's a little different and a lot good! Don't be afraid of the amount of mustard in the recipe (I was!!) turns out mild, cheesy and delicious! It's wonderful to serve sliced as the bread base for sandwiches with cold cuts. It would probably also be wonderful made up into buns (haven't tried that yet....hmmmm....might be one of my "weekend projects"!) Make this bread one of YOUR weekend projects!
Cheesy Mustard Pretzel Bread!
1 Cup warm water
1 Tbsp/Packet Red Star Platinum yeast
3 Cups unbleached bread flour
½ Cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 Tbsp. mustard
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
Coarse salt, or pretzel salt, for topping
 Place warm water and yeast in EZ DOH bucket and stir to dissolve yeast. Let rest 1 minute. Add one cup of flour, then additional dough ingredients. EZ DOH-it for 2-3 minutes, or until dough is smooth and soft and all ingredients are incorporated. Remove dough from bucket, spray bucket with cooking spray, “smooth” dough and replace in bucket. Cover and let rise until doubled.
 Remove dough from bucket and divide into 3 equal portions. Roll each portion out to an 18” rope. Lay the three “ropes” parallel to each other and bring the tops together and pinch to seal. Braid the dough and tuck the ends. Place on a greased baking sheet. Cover with a clean towel and let rise till doubled. Brush the loaf with water, then sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake at 375 for 25-35 minutes, until golden. Enjoy!!
Adapted from a recipe in "Best Bread Machine Cookbook"



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