For many of us, we dread working with yeast and making homemade bread. Also, it’s so easy to just pick up a loaf just about anywhere. So with all that working against us, why even bother? I’ll tell you why, because this recipe is so easy, so quick with my proofing hack, and so good, you’ll never want to pick up store bought!
Dutch oven breads are one of the easiest to throw together. You can leave them out to proof overnight, or if you’re craving bread on a whim like me most the time.. you can follow this recipe that requires no kneading and can be made within just an hour. Yep, you heard right, just about an hour and you have fresh bread! One of my personal favorite breads? Jalapeño Cheddar! There is something about this flavor combo that everyone gravitates towards. It’s cheesy with heat!
What I love about this bread, is everything! It’s packed with cheese and jalapeños, buttery soft but has a crispy outside, is perfect by itself or you can use to make a sandwich, perfect for any season, made in just 1 hour, requires no kneading, you can use regular cheddar if needed, you can use pickled jalapeños if you want to bring down the heat, it’s great for entertaining, and makes a fab grilled cheese!
If you’r all about heat with recipes, you’re going to love this staple vegan Jalapeño Cheddar Bread!
silicone spatula, if you don’t have one, you can use your slightly moistened hand
Making the dough
Preheat oven to 200 degrees
Place the water in a glass bowl and pop in the microwave for 1-2 minutes until bathwater warm. Add your yeast and sugar and allow the yeast to activate for 5 minutes. It should get foamy.
Now add the bread flour (you can use reg. white flour), diced jalapeños, cheddar cheese (set aside 1/4 cup to go on top), salt and oil. Combine until it comes together. It will be shaggy and sticky. You can add more flour as needed, but the more flour you add and the more you work the dough, the dryer your bread will be.
Turn off oven. Place back into the bowl and cover with a towel. Place in the preheated oven with the door open. Allow it to rise until doubled in size, 20 mins or more.
Transfer the dough from the bowl to a counter dusted with flour. Shape the dough into a ball. (Don’t worry you can’t mess this up). The more you touch the dough the more firm the final product will be. Don’t overwork the dough.
Flip it over to where the smooth side is up. Press the remaining cheddar cheese and the chopped jalapenos into the outside of the dough along with a little bit of flour. Cover with the towel and let it rise for roughly 20 minutes (or until the oven is preheated)
Heating the dutch oven
Place the dutch oven in the oven. Preheat your oven to 450F and let it come to temperature. Your bread will rise while your dutch oven heats up.
Using oven mitts, take the dutch oven out of your oven and place it on top of the stove. Lift the bread using the parchment paper and transfer it to the dutch oven. Score the bread to let steam escape while it bakes. I just did a simple slash down the center with a knife, but you can make it pretty with designs if you’d like. Drizzle the top with olive oil.
Cover with the lid and transfer it to the oven. Bake for 30 minutes. When it’s done the color will be pale. Place it back in the oven without the lid for another 2-5 minutes, or until is golden brown of to your liking.
Remove from the oven and lift the bread out of the dutch oven using the parchment paper. Let cool for at least 30 minutes.