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Easy Ham and Cheese Bread Recipe

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Anna Brasier lives in Yarraville and enjoys writing short stories and also writes for her blog, www.amillionshades.wordpress.com. If you enjoyed this article, please click the 'like' button. Thank you!
Published May 30th 2013
Bread baking; winter comfort food
Fill your kitchen with warmth and treat your family to freshly home cooked bread.

Usually I do most of my baking on the weekend, however, this recipe is so quick and easy to prepare, that I can make it any day.

Baking bread always puts me in a good mood, too. The whole process is comforting: kneading the dough, shaping the bread, smelling the delicious scent as it bakes, and then eating it hot, straight out of the oven.

Ingredients:
1 sachet dry yeast (7g)
1 tsp sugar
1 cup luke-warm water
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cups plain flour
1/2 - 1 cup grated cheese (cheddar, tasty or mozzarella)
1/2 cup chopped ham (or olives, capers, etc)

Top Tip
Although this is a super easy recipe the bread dough needs time to rise, so be sure to start 1 1/2 hours before dinner time. Switch on the oven before you begin gathering your supplies and keep kitchen doors closed to avoid drafts.

Oven temperature: 220 degrees

Mix yeast, sugar, luke-warm water, oil and flour in a bowl until a soft dough forms. Sprinkle some extra flour on a clean surface or bread board and knead the dough for a few minutes. Shape dough into a ball and place it back into the bowl. Cover the bowl with a clean tea towel and set it in a warm place for 1 hour (I usually leave the bowl near the oven).

After an hour, remove the risen dough from the bowl and knead on a lightly floured surface for a few minutes again, before shaping it into a rectangle shape (roughly 20 x 30 cm).

bread dough
bread dough


Sprinkle cheese and ham (or topping of your choice), onto the dough. At this point, the dough can either be rolled or folded into three parts.

Bake in a hot oven for 20-25 minutes until bread is golden.

Serve warm.

Warning: This bread disappears very quickly.

bread
bread
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Why? Comfort food
When: Breakfast, lunch or dinner
Where: Kitchen
Cost: Under $10
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