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The Ultimate Cheese Bread
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour3/4 cup plus 1 tsp of warm water (about105F)1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast1 tsp sugar1 tsp table salt3/4 TBSP olive oilKosher salt (or sea salt) for sprinklingover the top7 oz of sharp white cheddar*Add 3/4 cup plus 1 tsp of warm water to abowl. To the water, add the yeast and asmall pinch of sugar. Stir to combine. Letthe yeast get happy in the water for about 8minutes.I normally use a KitchenAid Mixer to mix and knead the dough but you can certainly do it by hand (butkneading the dough will take longer). To the mixing bowl, add the flour, sugar, and salt. Stir tocombine.After the yeast has bloomed for about 8 minutes, add it to the mixing bowl with the olive oil. Turn themixer on to the lowest speed and allow the ingredients to combine
scraping down the sides of thebowl to ensure that all of the flour gets incorporated. After one minute, if the dough is a shaggy messand hasn't formed a ball, there is not enough water in it. Just add an additional teaspoon of warm waterand mix another 30 seconds on low. Depending on the humidity and time of the year, you may or maynot need the additional teaspoon of water. Once the dough has formed into a fairly cohesive ball, turnoff the mixer and allow the dough to rest for four minutes.After four minutes have elapsed, knead the dough on low speed using a dough hook for about twominutes (setting number 2 on a KitchenAid mixer). If you are kneading the dough by hand, it will takeabout 6 to 8 minutes. After the dough has been kneaded, form it into a smooth ball.Spray a medium-size bowl with cooking spray. To the bowl, add the dough and spritz the top with alittle more cooking spray to keep it from drying out. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow it to sitin a warm place for one hour or until the dough has doubled in size.After the dough has doubled in size, punch it down and cut the dough into two pieces of equal size.Form the dough into balls, cover, and allow them to rest for 10 minutes. This rest period will make iteasier to roll out the dough.