This onion cheese yeast bread recipe makes a loaf that is perfect for grilled cheese sandwiches. Soft bread has caramelized onions and pieces of sharp cheddar cheese. It’s delicious toasted, too! Although making homemade bread requires a little time the results are worth it!
For this recipe you’ll need: active dry yeast, powdered ginger, buttermilk, sugar, butter, salt, baking soda, extra sharp cheddar cheese, onions, bread flour
Onions are easy to caramelize and doing that gives them a deeper, richer flavor. You just need to chop them, melt some butter in a sauce pan, and simmer them in the butter covered until they turn a nice, rich brown, and get soft. Be sure to let them cool to room temperature before you go on with the recipe. Too much heat will kill the yeast.
The sharper the cheese that you use the better the flavor of the bread. I like to use Tillamook’s special edition cheddar but use what you like best.
When I was a kid we had a pool and in the summer my parents threw pool parties. One of their friends used to bring shaved roast beef sandwiches on onion bread and I swear I could eat those things until my stomach bloated and I didn’t have enough room to swallow a teaspoon of crushed ice.
There is something about the combined flavor of onion and cheddar in this slightly tangy buttermilk bread that is off the hook good. I love it toasted because it brings out the flavor the most. I can eat it with butter and nothing else, in sandwiches or with a good bowl of potato soup. Once it gets sliced it disappears pretty fast but you can double this recipe and freeze the extra.
Using a good mixer to knead this onion cheese yeast bread will help the loaf rise light and fluffy.
I love to make bread. I have making making yeast breads since I was 14 and I am now 53 – do the math! For years I kneaded it by hand but several years ago I bought a K-Tec. I used it for a long time but the newer design is not as good as the old one so I switched to Bosch Universal Kitchen Machine. Yes, they are pricey but I can make 6 loaves of bread at once and it is super easy. If you can pick one up on eBay the cost isn’t so bad. Good luck!
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I use a Bosch Universal Plus Mixer because it makes it so easy to throw bread together. I don’t like the way it whips egg whites but for anything else? It rocks!
Onion Cheese Yeast Bread Recipe
- 1 envelope active dry yeast
- 1/4 cups lukewarm water
- 1 pinch powdered ginger helps activate the yeast
- 2 cups warm buttermilk
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup melted butter lukewarm not hot
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1- 1/2 cups extra sharp cheese shredded or cubed small
- 2 cups chopped onions caramelized
- 6 cups bread flour more or less as needed
Add the yeast and ginger to the water with a teaspoon of the sugar.
Stir together in a bowl and set aside for 5 minutes.
Mix buttermilk, sugar, salt, baking soda in with the yeast mixture.
Add three cups of flour and mix until smooth.
Mix in butter, onions, and cheese until it is totally incorporated into batter.
Now, begin to add the rest of the flour, one cup at a time, keeping mixer on low speed.
When dough pulls from the sides of the bowl remove it from the mixer to a floured surface and knead until elastic and smooth. Or, knead with the mixer according to manufacturer's instructions.
Place in greased bowl, turn to grease the top, cover and allow to rise for 1 -1/2 hours.
Punch down and form into two loaves.
Place in greased loaf pans and grease tops.
Cover, and allow to rise for 45 minutes.
Brush tops with egg yolk mixed with a teaspoon of water to make it glossy.
Preheat oven to 400F. Bake for 30 minutes, covering tops with foil if they brown too fast.
Remove loaves from oven and allow to cool in pans for 10 minutes.
Turn out and cool completely on a rack.
Cover the loaves if you want soft crusts.
These loaves freeze well for up to three months
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