Pull Apart Cheesy Bread


Ingredients:
  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup warm milk (100-110 degrees F)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4-5 cups bread flour
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
Directions:
  • Dissolve yeast, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and warm milk in a large mixing bowl. Set aside and let sit for about 5-10 minutes, until the yeast turns foamy. Add the rest of the sugar, vegetable oil, salt, and 2 eggs to the bowl.
  • Add flour to the mixing bowl, one cup at the time, and continue kneading until the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl. Transfer the dough to a floured surface, continue kneading for about 5-7 minutes, adding more flour as needed, until the dough turns pliable but not sticky. Transfer dough to a lightly oiled bowl, cover with kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place, about 1- 1 1/2 hours.
  • Punch down the dough, divide into small chunks (about 1 heaping tablespoon each). Stuff each small dough chunk with a piece of cheese, and roll each piece with the palm of your hands to form a ball. Arrange the balls on an lightly oiled bread pan/casserole pan. Cover with kitchen towel and let rise for another hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Brush the top of the bread with beaten egg. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove form the oven, brush the bread with melted butter immediately. Serve with marinara sauce, if preferred.

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