Pepperoni Cheesy Bread

 

If there is one thing this household likes, it's pepperoni and cheese.  So today, while brainstorming dinner, I came up with a fabulous idea.  A local grocery store has a bread we love, pepperoni cheese bread.  And y'all know how obsessed I am with my bread machine.  So, why couldn't I make that bread myself?  Oh yes, a great idea was born.


Ingredients

1 ¼ cups luke-warm water
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil {I used Tastefully Simple Garlic Oil}
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 ¼ cups bread flour
½ teaspoon Tastefully Simple Garlic Garlic
¼ cup Parmesan cheese
½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
½ cup sliced and finely chopped pepperoni
2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast

Directions
  1. Toss all the ingredients in a bread machine and set it on the dough cycle. You can bake it in the bread machine if you want, but I wanted more control over it and I like the shape of the loaf better when it’s baked in a loaf pan.
  2. When the dough is done, take it out and divide it into two equal amounts.
  3. Spray your bread loaf pan and put half the dough in the bottom.
  4. Put a layer of pepperoni and mozzarella cheese on top of the dough.
  5. Put the other half of the dough on top.
  6. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, which can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours.  {I normally turn my oven on to 170 degrees, let it heat up and turn it off.  I put my dough on the top shelf.  On the bottom shelf I put another loaf pan full of hot water.  The heat and steam will help your bread rise faster.}
  7. Bake at 375 for about 35 – 40 minutes or until the top is a deep golden brown and the bread sounds hollow when you tap it.
  8. Remove the bread from the pan and place the bread on a rack to rest for 5 to 10 minutes (if you can stand to wait that long). That’s the hardest part … the waiting … when your house is full of that delicious fresh bread aroma and your mouth is watering …


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