Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Italian herbs and cheese bread

I don't know if this really counts as a recipe. But I took pictures and everything, so here it is. There's this certain sandwich shop that makes several different kinds of bread. Well, I'm a fan of the Italian herbs with cheese bread. I decided to try to make it at home. I looked up recipes online, but they all involved starting from scratch and more work than I was willing to put in to get a decent loaf of bread. So I made one up in my own head.

I started with Rhodes white bread dough, which I let sit out on the counter until it defrosted.

The first real problem I faced was when I realized I have no bread pans. Oops. Slight oversight on my part. I found a small pan that was about the size of two bread pans, and decided to try cooking two loaves at a time. Hey, it could work.

So then I looked in the spice cupboard and found a bottle marked "Italian herbs." How fortuitous! I sprinkled it liberally over my double loaves of bread. Then, as luck would have it, I had an almost empty bag of shredded cheddar cheese in the fridge. I sprinkled the remains over the top of my loaves and stuck them in the oven.

I had the oven preheated to whatever the Rhodes dough bag recommended. I think it said to cook for 25 minutes or so. I set the timer and went upstairs to clean my room. Unfortunately, then I forgot all about it, and it was about 45 minutes later when I remembered I had bread in the oven and bolted down the stairs. As you can imagine, the bread was pretty brown by this time.

However, though it had a pretty stiff crust on it, it was still edible on the inside. Surprisingly tasty, if I do say so myself.

The saddest part is that I went out of town right after I made this, and when I came back it had mysteriously disappeared. Probably carried off by rats.

So to recap. Ingredients:
Rhodes white bread dough
Italian herbs



Sallysue said...

Awesome recipe idea Random!

Jenn said...

That is hilarious! That sounds exactly like something I'd do...and it turned out good to boot! :) Great job! I think I'll try that sometime. I like the double loaf idea. Could make for an interesting sandwich. :)