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Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Simple Onion Cheese Loaf

It's soup weather here in Canada and what's a bowl of soup without an nice, big hunk of bread to go along with it!  One of my goals this year is to learn how to make my own bread.  So far, I'm really good at pinning recipes for the most amazing artisan breads and that's about it.

I have made a simple onion and cheese loaf for years and thought I'd make one today to chase away the January blahs.  This is a no yeast, no rising and kneading loaf that takes absolutely no baking skills to turn out.  I've no idea where I got the original recipe but suspect it may have been one of those Company's Coming cookbooks.

This is everything you are going to need for this loaf.  I'll give you the measurements at the end of the post. ~


Most people decant their wine.  I decant my milk into a glass bottle.  Try it!  The milk is so much colder and better tasting!

Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. ~


Cut the cold butter into the dry goods until it's crumbly. ~


Stir in the grated cheese. ~


Pretty simple so far.  Fry minced onion in butter until it's golden brown and add to a lightly beaten egg and milk.  Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour it in.  ~


Mix the whole shebang together with a wooden spoon just until the flour has all been moistened. ~


This makes a small, dense loaf when baked so it's best to use an eight inch pan.  Grease the pan and shape your dough into a loaf shape in it.  Sprinkle some grated cheese on top and bake in a pre-heated oven at 400F for 25 minutes.  

You can play around with the flavourings and add herbs, garlic, chili powder, etc.;  whatever works with your kind of soup! ~


Put wayyy too much butter on it for your own good and enjoy!

ONION CHEESE LOAF

1.5 cups all purpose flour (I use unbleached)
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. cold butter
1/2 cup grated, cheddar cheese
Combine dry ingredients and cut in butter.  Add cheese.

1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 tbsp. butter
Fry onion in butter until golden brown

1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 cup milk
Combine beaten egg, milk and onion and pour into well in centre of dry ingredients.  Stir until flour is moistened and forms a soft dough.  Pat dough into an 8", greased pan.

Sprinkle cheese on top and bake in oven preheated to 400 F for 25 mins.

This is my warm up to making a real loaf of bread.  Honestly, I'm going to do it!