I have not really tried too many savory dishes with my Friendship Bread starters (I am more of a sweets girl!) but I want to start making bread so I thought I would give it a try. I used this recipe from Emeril Lagasse as a guide and tried to make a Chessey Sourdough Bread. I used 1.5 cups of my friendship bread starter, 1/2 cup whole wheat flour and 1.5 cups of white flour, along with 3/4 tsp of salt. I put all that in my mixer with the dough hook on and let it do it’s job. I then added about a cup of chopped cheese (swiss and cheddar to the mix) and placed it in an oiled bowl to rise.
After a few hours, I put cornmeal on the counter and kneaded my dough for a bit before making it into a ball. On to my baking peel it went to rest covered for another hour.
Finally, I cut an X on the top, sprinkle my baking pan with more cornmeal and into a 400 degree oven it went. After about an hour I check to see that the crust looked done (ok maybe a little over done). Although it does not look amazing I still actually enjoy the taste of this bread, since the swiss all melted into the bread and looks weird I might leave it out next time. But I am still enjoying eating it!
Any bread makers out there that have suggestions?