this really yummy cheese bread comes together in under an hour, including time for rising. it's cheap and easy, great for potlucks. i make two pans to take to our big family sunday dinner or make one pan for pizza night and freeze half. i like to cut it like breadsticks to serve with pasta. it's great in a pinch- i can cook this while i make dinner and it's ready in time, unlike french bread that takes 2+ hours!
italian cheese bread
recipe from tammy's recipes
2-1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 Tablespoon yeast
1 cup warm water (120*F)
1 Tablespoon oil
1/4 cup prepared Italian salad dressing
1/2 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp ground oregano
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1-2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
In a bowl, combine the first four ingredients. Combine water and oil; add to flour mixture. Add additional flour if needed to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead for 1-2 minutes or until smooth and elastic.
Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 20 minutes.
Punch the dough down; place on a greased 16" pizza pan and pat into a 16" circle. Combine salad dressing and seasonings, brush evenly over dough, all the way to the edges. Sprinkle with cheeses.
For a fluffier cheese bread (our preference), at this point, allow the bread to rest for 15 minutes or so. If you're in a hurry, just skip this rise. (The bread will rise while it bakes, too.)
Preheat the oven to 450*F. Bake for 11 minutes or until golden brown. Slice. Serve warm.