Cheddar-Stuffed Crusty Loaves

by Kathy Strahs on January 11, 2011 · 12 comments

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Well, there’s a good lesson learned here: when in doubt about a recipe, Google it. If I had done so, it would have quickly been clear to me that my version of the Cheddar-Stuffed Crusty Loaves from the back of the King Arthur bread flour package would be a little different from what the recipe originally intended. Not bad or even wrong per se, but different.

What tripped me up was the direction to position the dough, which had been rolled into a cheddar stuffed log and sliced into four sections, cut-side down. Really? So this rolled up dough was supposed to just sit there on the parchment, like a four-inch tall tree stump, and bake properly in the oven? It just didn’t look right to me. So I made the call to go ahead and position the dough on its side, with the smooth side up. Well, as you can see in the photo above there’s actually a valid reason not to do that – the dough kind of shoots out of the sides.

If I’d consulted The Google, I would have discovered that YES, in fact you are supposed to set the dough on its cut side like a little tree stump. When you do, you’re rewarded with a nice, round little loaf with a lava-like flow of extra sharp cheddar cascading down from the middle (see a photo here). Aha.

Sigh…I still was happy with how my loaves turned out, even if they were a little tweaked. They tasted great (would go great with some spicy chili) and, hey, mine came with handles! They gave me easy access to the cheesy center of the bread, which is the best part of it anyway. :-)

Cheddar-Stuffed Crusty Loaves



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Esi January 12, 2011 at 9:23 AM

I’m so loving this even if they didn’t turn out exactly as planned. Bread stuffed with cheese that hopefully was turned into a sandwich (or panini) stuffed with more cheese…sigh.
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Kathy January 12, 2011 at 9:53 AM

Now there’s an excellent idea!

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Andrea January 12, 2011 at 9:57 PM

I just made this same bread recipe from the bag! I had the same confusion with the directions and mine turned out just like yours! I agree it still tasted great but the other one may be prettier. I’m glad I’m not the only one who was confused by that!

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Julia January 13, 2011 at 6:07 PM

I saw your photo on tastepotting and thought….wow, that bread looks amazing.
I love things that ooze cheese!
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Amrita January 13, 2011 at 9:12 PM

Oh, look at all that oozy cheese! And how perfect for winter.

And yes, I swear by Googling recipes….although more often than not it throws up faceless, nameless, way-too-many-advertisements-on-the-side websites at me rather than one from a lovely food blog.

(On second thoughts, there should be a separate Google sub-site for food bloggers!)
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Kathy January 14, 2011 at 8:09 AM

There actually is such a Google sub-site for food bloggers: http://www.foodblogsearch.com – you’re right, this would be a great reason to use it!

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sally January 13, 2011 at 9:43 PM

These look great–sideways or not!

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Julie January 31, 2011 at 9:11 AM

I’ve never made homemade bread before but couldnt resist trying these…and I’m so glad I did! They came out amazing…and so much easier than i thought they would be!!! I’m making these for a super bowl oartyt but am going to use mozzarella cheese and add some pepperoni to make pizza rolls…can’t wait to taste them!

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Kathy January 31, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Congrats on your first bread baking! And I love the pizza roll idea. :-)

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Kayla July 16, 2011 at 12:48 PM

I am in the process of making these and got hung up on the way to place it on the pan as well. You are the first site that came up in the search engine that I looked at for answers and I’m so happy to have stumbled across your blog! Thanks for making it clear to me too how I am supposed to place these loaves on the pan.

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Kathy July 16, 2011 at 2:18 PM

I’m glad it was helpful! Hope your loaves turn out well. :-)

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Melissa November 16, 2011 at 9:10 AM

I was confused about the positioning too. I was hoping to find an image or something by Googling. Even better! I found this blog. Now I can have the cheddar lava that was intended. Thank you.

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