OK, sometimes I must admit sometimes I get carried away at Sam's Club and a lot of times, it is in the cheese isle.
What better to go with a Fresh Herb Dinner than Cheese Bread!!!
I poured the flour mixture into my Kitchen Aid and mixed in the milk/butter mixture and blended till smooth with the paddle attachment. I added the cheese and continued to stir with the paddle. I slowly added the remaining flour until a soft dough formed. I changed to the dough attachment and kneaded for about 3 minutes adding more flour as needed. I placed the dough in a large oiled bowl turning to coat all the dough lightly in oil. I covered and let it raise for about 1 hour until doubled. I gently punched down and divided the dough in to. I then rolled each half into a rectangle and then rolled each rectangle into a long baguette. I placed them in my french bread pan that I had sprayed with Pam and with sprinkled with cornmeal and let them raise, covered, until doubled about 45 minutes.
Asiago Cheese Bread
3 3/4 cups flour
1 (2 1/2 ounce envelope) dry yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/4 cups milk
2 tablespoons butter, cut up
1 1/4 cups asiago Cheese, shredded
1 large egg
Chopped fresh herbs (basil, parsley or rosemary), optional
In large bowl, combine 1-1/2 cups of the flour, yeast, salt and pepper. Melt butter in milk to 120-130 degrees. Stir milk mixture into flour mix until smooth. Stir in 1 cup cheese. Gradually stir in about 2 cups flour to make soft dough. Knead in mixer or by hand until smooth and elastic, adding flour if needed. Oil large bowl, add dough, turn to coat. Cover with clean damp towel and let double. (It may take 2-1/2 hours, must be the cheese.) Punch down, form into 2 long thin loaves. Spray baking sheet, (sprinkled with cornmeal) Or use baguette pans. Place loaves on pan, let raise, covered, until doubled (45 min.) Preheat oven to 375. Slash dough with serrated knife. Brush with lightly beaten egg and sprinkle top with remaining 1/4 cup cheese and chopped herbs if used. Bake 30-35 minutes till done. Cool on rack.