Cheese Bread, #SundaySupper

“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” Abraham Lincoln

Who is the biggest influence in your life today?

As Mother’s Day approaches, memories from days past pop into my mind. My birth mother, the Wimbledon tennis star, was more focused on smashing balls over the net than perfecting her potatoes. Yet, on my summer visits to her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she managed to scramble the best eggs in the world. I swore it was the sour cream that made the eggs extra delicious. Today I think the breakfast-for-dinner meal was satisfying because Mom made it.

The banana bread made by my stepmother, Barbara, was spectacular, too. I grew up with Barbara, an actress (with an eye for exquisite antiques) in Tokyo. As she was constantly booking jobs, her baking time in the kitchen was curtailed. However, I have fond memories of Barbara slicing cheese and nibbling on crackers as she regaled Dad and me with tales from her glamorous day. I don’t think Barbara would describe her work as glamorous. But it sure beat trying to solve algebra problems!

Figuring out what I wanted to make for this Mother’s Day weekend, though, was a breeze. Japanese bread flour in my pantry beckoned; and the Cuisinart bread maker machine stared coldly at me. Time to stop procrastinating. I picked up sharp cheddar cheese and celebrated happy memories with this cheese bread.

Just as mothers influence their children, ingredients do make a huge difference when baking. Japanese flour lends itself to soft, fluffy bread slices. My cheese bread is no exception. The combination in the bread of sweet butter with touches of sharp cheddar cheese is excellent, too. If you are a huge cheese fan, feel free to add more cheese. Enjoy the cheese bread with a goblet of Merlot or glass of milk. Cheers!

Cheese Bread

This bread is full of contrasts: feather soft bread surrounded by crunchy crust, buttery sweetness accented with strings of sharp cheddar cheese.

This recipe is adapted from the Cuisinart Bread Machine Instruction Booklet

  • ¾ cup lukewarm water between 80 and 90 degrees
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted, softened butter
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups bread flour (Japanese bread flour or the finest bread flour available)
  • 2 tablespoons nonfat dry milk
  • 1 teaspoon yeast (active dry or instant)
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Place all ingredients except for the cheese into the pan of a bread maker machine. (Apparently it’s important to adhere to the order listed above.) When your machine signals it’s time for mix-ins, pour in 1 cup grated cheese. Bake the loaf at the white bread setting. 

Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla has assembled this Mother's Day lineup for the Sunday Supper celebration at Twitter. Scroll down for your invite and many wonderful ways to say, "I love you" to that special lady in your life.

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Wishing you a Happy Mother's Day.

The Ninja Baker

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The Ninja Baker has guest blogged and contributed recipes to numerous food sites. These additional recipes can be found here.



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