Herb and Cheese Star bread / #BreadBakers

 Herb and Cheese Star Bread is a showstopper on the dining table.  With an overload of cheese, the bread has a soft buttery cheesy centre full of flavours of the herb mix. Star bread makes a great accompaniment to hot soup. 



Forests are a complete world in itself. One can learn all the important lessons of life here. Pause! says the season of fall. The fruit trees are bare. The brown branches were once full of leaves all verdant and vibrant. Now silent in winters, conserving the energy and waiting for spring to arrive. Then there will be blossoms of all hues and colours and of many vibrant shades.




Similarly in life, one needs to pause, introspect and go slow. There are always good times ahead after a gray period. And this is always cyclic. One has to see the beauty and goodness in every season and behind every reason. The bare orchards look calm and serene. The wind gushes through them whispering through the branches.




A clear morning offers a breathtaking view of the snow-clad mountains and one can never have enough of it. A Grey Winged Blackbird sings on the bare branches of the pear tree.

 As the sun sinks in the horizon and the temperature plunges down. The stones gleam as they wear a layer of frost. The grass looks like needles of glass.




Everyone is excited about the dinner. A Herb and Cheese Star Bread with an overload of cheese would be so comforting with tomato soup. 

 This bread gives such festive vibes. The cheesy petals were pulled and dipped in soup. It was a sumptuous meal.

Shaping the bread is like an adventure.  




This can also be made into a sweet bread. Use cinnamon, sugar and butter for a sweet filling.

  


Herb and Cheese Star Bread

Ingredients

Dough

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour / whole wheat flour*
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons instant dry yeast
  • ¾ cup + 3 tablespoons warm milk

For the Filling

  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt (at room temperature)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons herb seasoning
  • 3 cubes cheddar cheese
* if you are using whole wheat flour, you will need more milk. Make sure the dough is really soft and pliable. It will help in shaping the bread well.

Instructions

  1. Take all the ingredients for the dough in a large bowl and knead into a soft dough. Add more milk if the dough feels tight or hard.
  2. Transfer the dough into a greased bowl. Turn around once so that it is evenly coated with oil.
  3. Cover and keep it in a warm place to rise for one hour or until double in size.
  4. In the meantime, prepare the mixture for filling. Mix everything except cheese to get a well-mixed paste.
  5. When the dough is ready, divide it into four equal pieces.
  6. Roll out each piece of dough into a 10 inch round.
  7. Place the first round of dough onto a parchment-lined baking tray. Spread 1/3 of the butter mixture over the round. Leaving 1-inch space around the edge. Sprinkle 1/3 of the grated cheese over the filling.
  8. Place the second circle of dough on top of the filling. Repeat with butter mixture followed by cheese, top with next round of dough, repeat with filling, then top with the final round of dough.
  9. Make sure the edges are levelled. Else, trim the edges. Place a 2inch wide glass or a bowl in the center of the top round of the dough.
  10. Use a sharp knife or a pizza cutter, cut through the dough from the outer edge to the edge of the glass or bowl kept in the center. Cut sixteen equal slices ( refer to the pictures).
  11. Take two slices of dough and twist them away from each other twice. Repeat around the entire circle. Take each pair of twisted slices and press the ends together to seal the ends.
  12. Cover loosely with a cling film or a kitchen towel and leave to rise for 20-25 minutes.
  13. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C.
  14. Brush the top of the bread with beaten egg (optional) and bake for 15 minutes or until brown.
  15. Remove from the oven. Serve warm.

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#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our lovely bread by following our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated after each event on the #BreadBakers home page. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

This month, the Bread Bakers group's theme is Tear & Share (AKA Pull-Apart Bread), and it is perfect for a holiday get-together. There is a lovely collection of sweet and savoury recipes to try.

Our host this month is Felice from All That's Left Are the Crumbs

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12 comments:

  1. Absolutely wonderful. What a perfect addition to the holiday table.

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  2. Can there ever REALLY be an overload of herbs and cheese? Not in our house! Such a lovely bread. As always, thank you for sharing your world with us, Namita. Especially right now, when traveling is not possible, you transport me to another place with your words and photos. I am grateful.

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    1. So true Satcy. One can never have enough of herb and cheese. Thank You so much for your kind words Stacy :)

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  3. What a beautiful bread (and beautiful bird!). I could make a full meal out of its cheesy goodness!

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  4. What a gorgeous bread! As usual love your nature photography too!

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  5. Yummm I love that you did a savory version of this beautiful loaf - that sounds like such a perfect treat to serve up alongside some soup or stew this time of year!

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    1. Yes Rebekah, we love the savoury breads and its a real treat with soup on a cold wintery night.

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  6. Savory awesomeness! I love these stars.

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