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Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Quick Cheese and Herb Bread

You can make this in a food processor or by hand, either way it's really quick and tastes fab.  You can leave the chives out if you like or use other fresh herbs like fresh oregano or 1 tsp of dried mixed herbs.  Great to have as a tummy filler with casserole dinners and makes a tasty alternative to plain white bread when making sandwiches.

4 cups plain flour

2 tablespoons sugar

1 Tblsp baking powder

1 1/2 tsp salt

125g butter cut into small pieces

4 cups grated cheddar or tasty cheese

1 Tblsp finely chopped chives

2 cups milk

2 eggs, lightly beaten

Preheat the oven to 200°C.
Well grease 2 medium loaf tins. Put the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in the food processor bowl then add the chopped butter.  Mix until the mixture looks like resembles breadcrumbs.  Add the cheese and chives then pulse to mix in the eggs and milk - don't over mix.

Divide the dough into the 2 tins and bake for approximately 40-45 minutes until the bread is well risen and golden brown on top and feels hollow when tapped on the bottom.  Remove the bread from oven and allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before tipping out and leaving on a cooling rack to cool completely.

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