I was home for Thanksgiving and got in the mood to try something totally new in the kitchen. My mom had made a jalapeno oil mixture that inspired me. I’ve been on a real jalapeno kick for awhile now. I don’t know what happened, I went from being a total hot spicy wimp to wanting to put jalapeno and chili flakes on everything. It’s kinda hard for me to put together ‘recipes’ because I really believe in expriementing in the kitchen and throwing stuff together and seeing what happens. I’m not very good at keeping track of what I’m doing. But I’m going to try.
As much as I love cooking & baking I’m totally ok with taking shortcuts. It depends on my mood and what I’m making. There’s certain things where I actually enjoy the whole process….and sometimes I like to just get to the good stuff. Bread is one of those. If you have a great bread recipe, then definitely make it. Or you can just cheat like me and pick up some pizza dough at the grocery store. I ball of dough should make you two loaves.
JALAPENO CHEDDAR LOAF RECIPE:
• 1 ball of pre-made pizza dough (or make your own bread/pizza dough)
• 1-1.5 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
• 1-2 jalapenos chopped finely
• 1/4 cup of vegetable or olive oil
As always, adjust the ingredients to taste. Go crazy with the jalapeno if you want or pile up the cheese or mix it up if you want.
• first put the dough in a greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise for at least an hour. I left mine for quite some time and it doubled in size.
• cut the dough in half. Roll out or stretch each half into a rectanglar-ish size. It doesn’t have to be perfect but it should be even.
• spread a pretty generous layer of oil followed by the jalapeno and cheddar. Carefully roll up.
• cut the roll in half then carefully twist/braid the two pieces.
Place in a well greased loaf pan. I actually recommend lining it with parchment paper if you have it to avoid any kind of sticking after it’s cooked. Doesn’t it look delicious and it’s not even cooked yet!
Let it rise for another 30 min – 1 hr. Cook at 400° for about 25-30 minute or until it’s golden brown. Your kitchen will smell amazing and then you’ll have this beauty oozing with flavour and cheesy goodness. The braided technic makes you just want to tear the loaf apart rather than cutting it. You can also cut the roll into small pieces and place in well greased cupcake tins to make individual serve rolls. Just keep an eye on them in the oven.