Pull-apart cheese and ham loaf

This pull-apart loaf will soon become a family favourite.
 
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Recipe from: 15 October 2015
Preparation time: 40 min + Standing time
Cooking time: 30 min
 
 

Ingredients

 
  • 680
    g
    white bread flour
  • 7
    g
    instant yeast
  • 430
    ml
    warm water
  • 400
    ml
    grated Cheddar cheese
  • 4
    spring onions, sliced
  • 2
    cloves
    garlic, crushed
  • 5
    ml
    dried mixed Italian herbs
  • 100
    g
    sliced ham, chopped into pieces
  • 60
    ml
    melted butter
  • smoked salt flakes
Servings: Change Serving
 
 

Method

 
Put the flour, yeast and 15ml salt into a large bowl. Make a well in the centre. Add the warm water and stir the dry ingredients in from the sides. Add enough water to make a firm, yet pliable dough.

Knead for 10 minutes by hand or in a food processor with a dough hook. Cover and set aside to rise in a warm place until doubled in size.

Roll out onto a lightly dusted surface so that it is about 1cm thick. Use a large scone cutter to cut circles out of the dough.

Mix the cheese, onion, garlic, herbs and ham together. Brush each circle of dough with melted butter and top with some of the cheese mixture. Press down.

Grease and line a loaf tin. Hold it up at one end and layer the circles of dough on top of each other into the tin so they will form a loaf-shaped 'log' in the tin. Set aside to rise again, for about an hour. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with smoked salt.

Bake in a preheated oven for 10 minutes and then reduce the temperature to 180oC and bake for a further 20 minutes, or until cooked through. Turn out and serve whole at the table so guests can pull off their own slice of bread.

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