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Before I went on vacation, I had an abundance of summer produce that I needed to use up.  I always seem to end up with a ton of zucchini and while my first thought is always to make zucchini quick bread, I wanted to make something slightly different.

I love savory breads and I had this great cheddar sitting in my refrigerator.  So, I combined the zucchini and cheddar, threw it into my favorite bread, and voila: a delicious bread that is amazing!

This bread is great for hummus sandwiches or even grilled cheese sandwiches.  This bread even freezes well!

Zucchini Cheddar (yeast) Bread
 
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Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cup warm water
  • 2¼ teaspoons instant yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3-4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups zucchini, shredded
  • ¼ cup sunflower oil
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • Topping:
  • Oil and extra cheddar for topping
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the water, yeast, and sweetener- give a quick stir and let sit until yeast becomes active (5ish minutes.)
  2. Stir in oil, salt, cheese, and zucchini, and 2 cups of flour. Start bread with the dough hook.
  3. Add ¼ cup of remaining flour and continue to slowly add flour (1-2 tablespoons at a time) until dough pulls away from the side of the bowl. Let run for 8-10 minutes. This will give you time to adjust flour and let the dough knead. Remember- you can always add flour but you can’t always take it away. The dough should be soft and slightly sticky. Cover with a damp towel and set aside to rise for 1- 1½ hours.
  4. Once the first rise is over, knead a couple of times into the form of a log. Place in an oiled bread pan, cover again and set aside for about 1 hour. With 30 minutes left, preheat your oven to 425˚.
  5. Once the loaf has risen the second time, brush with oil and sprinkle with cheese. Place in oven and if you have a bottle of water, mist the bottom of your oven a couple of times to get some steam going. Shut the oven door and let bake for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, reduce the oven temperature to 375˚ and continue to bake for 30 minutes. Bread should have a golden crust and sound hollow when tapped. Remove from pan and let cool until you slice it.

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