Cheddar Bread Ring
2 3/4 c Bread Flour
2 tb Sugar; Granulated
1 pk Active Dry Yeast;
1 tb Active Dry Yeast; Bulk
3/4 ts Salt 1 c Milk
2 tb Butter
1+1/2 c Cheddar; Sharp, Shredded
NOTE: You can use Unbleached All-Purpose flour in this recipe and up to 3 cups total.
Combine 1 1/2 cups of the flour, the sugar, undissolved yeast and salt thoroughly in a large bowl. Heat the milk and butter together until very warm (115-125 degrees F.). Gradually add to the dry ingredients and beat at medium speed on an electric mixer for 2 minutes, scraping the bowl occasionally. Add 1/2 cup of the flour and the cheese. Beat fir 2 minutes on high speed on the mixer, scraping the bowl occasionally. Stir in enough additional flour to make a stiff but light dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, 5 to 8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover with a dishtowel that has been soaked in hot water and then wrung out until almost dry. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
Punch the dough down and turn out on a lightly floured surface and shape into a 20-inch rope. Place seam side down in a buttered 6 1/2 cup ring mold, pinching the ends together. Cover and let rise in warm place until nearly doubled in bulk, about 35 to 40 minutes. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F. oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from the ring mold.
NOTE: For a softer crust, brush with melted butter while still hot. Crust will become crisp when cool if you do not.