Monday, January 6, 2014

Snowman Cheese Bread

Ingredients:
1 Tbsp yeast
1 cup warm water
1 Tbsp honey
2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp olive oil or canola oil
3 cups flour (I used 2 cups white and 1 cup wheat flour)
1 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp garlic salt
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese

Start by dissolving the yeast with the warm water. Add the honey. Let sit for a couple of minutes, until the mixture starts to bubble. 

Add the salt, oil, and 1 cup of flour. Stir with a wooden spoon. Slowly add the remaining flour. Knead with the hook attachment on your mixer for about 8 minutes. If you don't have a mixer, knead on a lightly floured surface for 8-10 minutes. 
Grease the mixing bowl, cover with a towel, and let rise for about an hour in a warm location (or until doubled). I warm my oven by setting it to 170 degrees for 30 seconds. I then turn the oven off and place the dough in the warm oven. 
When doubled, punch the dough down and place on a surface that is lightly covered with corn meal or flour. Shape into a snowman. 
Spread about 1 Tbsp. of butter over the dough. Then spread on about 1 Tbsp. of olive oil.  
Top with about 1 tsp. of garlic salt, 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese and 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese. I cut bacon for a hat, eyes, nose, mouth, and buttons. (I decided not to bake the bread with the bacon pieces. I just used them as a decoration when serving.) 


Bake at 425 degrees for about 12-15 minutes. Replace the bacon and serve with pizza sauce or ranch as a dipping sauce.