Carmody Cheezy Bread
• 1 - Packet Active Yeast (2 ¼ tsp.) + 1/2 cup of warm water and 1 tsp sugar
• 3 -4 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 cup water
• 1 tsp ground black pepper
• 1 Tbsp kosher salt
• 1 Tbsp thyme, chopped
• 2 tsp crushed red pepper – less or more to your taste.
• 1 Tbsp olive oil
• 1 - 1.5 cups Bellwether Farms Carmody, cubed
• Olive oil for brushing top
Place 1/2 cup warm water (100° to 110°F) in a large warm bowl. Sprinkle in yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar; stir. Let sit 5 to 10 minutes, until foamy on top. Add 3 cups flour and about half the water and mix until combined. (If you have a stand mixer, mix on low.) Add the rest of the ingredients except the cheese. You can add a little bit more water at a time to get it to all stick together, until dough is a little sticky and soft. Knead dough ball on a floured breadboard with your hands for 5 minutes, or on medium-low on a mixer. Fold in cheese cubes while kneading. Place dough ball in a bowl, cover with a towel and let rise for about 2 hours. It should double in size during this time.
Take the dough out and punch down on the surface. Roll the dough into a long tube shape. Then fold in half and twist for a braided look. Or you can have one big round piece if you don’t want a braid. Place on a greased sheet pan or sprayed parchment on sheet pan. Cover for another hour or until doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees in the meantime.
Brush top with olive oil and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown on the outside. Eat it while it’s warm and gooey.
If eating later or another day, wrap in foil and place in 375 degree oven for 10-15 minutes.