Pockets of Cheese Bread
Yield: 2 loaves
1/2 c sun-dried tomatoes (not oil packed), chopped
15 oz can black beans, drained
1/2 c plain yogurt
2 ts cumin
1 ts oregano
1 ts dried parsley
1 garlic clove, minced
5 1/2 to 6 1/2 cups unbleached flour
2 tb sugar
1 tb salt
2 pkgs fast-acting dry yeast
1 c water
1/2 c canola oil
4 oz can chopped green chilies, drained or 2 T finely chopped jalapenos
8 oz Monterey Jack cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes, about 2 cups
In food processor bowl with metal blade, finely chop tomatoes. Add
beans, yogurt, cumin, oregano, parsley and garlic, process 10 to
15 seconds or until beans are mashed. Set aside.
Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup, level off. In large bowl,
combine 1-1/2 cups flour, sugar, salt and yeast, mix well.
In small saucepan, heat water and oil until very warm (120 to 130
degrees). Add warm liquid and egg to flour mixture. Blend at low
speed until moistened, beat 3 minutes at medium speed. Add bean
mixture, beat until well mixed. By hand, stir in green chilies and
an additional 3-1/2 to 4 cups flour to form a stiff dough.
On floured or cornmeal-coated surface, knead in 1/2 to 1 cup flour
for about 5 minutes or until dough is smooth and elastic. Place
dough in greased bowl, cover loosely with greased plastic wrap and
cloth towel. Let rise in warm place (80 to 85 degrees) for 45 to
60 minutes or until light and doubled in size.
Grease two 8 or 9 inch round cake pans or one large cookie sheet.
Punch down dough. Divide dough in half, shape each half into a 6
inch round loaf. Place in greased pans. Using a sharp knife, 1-1/2
inches from edge, cut deep ring around each loaf to the bottom.
Cut another deep ring 1 inch from the first cut. Insert cheese
cubes deep into cuts, pinch edges to completely seal. Cover, let
rise in warm place 30 to 40 minutes or until light and almost
doubled in size.
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Uncover dough. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes
or until loaves are deep golden brown and sound hollow when lightly
tapped. Immediately remove from pans, cool on wire racks.