This easy cheese and herb tear-and-share bread is delicious served with meats and cheeses and is perfect for feeding a crowd. Use them as a side to dunk into soups, or as part of a buffet. They also make a perfect sandwich. And all ingredients are from Aldi!
Tear & Share Bread
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Ingredients needed for tear and share bread
We're using a bread mix for this one as it's just so easy. And this is before Aldi UK started stocking strong flour for the winter.
- cheddar cheese and onion bread mix (or use any bread mix)
- fresh thyme
- cheddar cheese
- parmesan (I know the photo is with mozzarella. I used the wrong cheese for the photo, but the right cheese for the recipe!)
Tear and share bread step by step
- This really is the easiest recipe ever. Because we're using a bread mix with the yeast already included we don't need to worry about proving yeast or anything.
- Simply empty the bag of bread mix into a bowl. Add-in about 1 tablespoon of fresh thyme leaves and about 30g of grated cheddar.
- Pour in the water, the amount of water will be listed on the bag of bread mix. You may need to add a little more water than is stated on the bag.
- Mix the water into the bread mix until you have a shaggy dough. The bread dough should be soft and moist, but not sticky. Once you have a dough, knead it on the work surface for about 5 minutes, until you have a smooth bread dough that springs back when you poke it. Place it back into a bowl to rise and double in size. This should only take about 20 minutes.
- Once your dough has doubled in size, cut it into 8 equal pieces and roll into smooth rolls. Place them in a lined round tin. Just a 9 inch (22cm) round cake tin is perfect. Once they're in the tin, rest them for another 10 minutes. Just cover with a tea towel while they have a second rise.
- Brush the tops of the rolls with a little milk, or you can use water. Sprinkle some more of the fresh thyme leaves and grate the parmesan over the top. Be as generous as you like with both.
- Bake for about 15 minutes. Once the bread is done, remove from the oven and leave in the tin to cool for about 10 minutes.
I absolutely love this bread as it is, but if you find that you're interested in adding to it even more, then I've got some ideas for you!
bacon lardons- fry these until crispy and remove from the pan and place on a paper towel to drain the fat and to cool. Once the bacon bits are cooled add them to the flour bread mix before you add the water. Then add the water and continue as instructed
garlic & herbs- Add in 1 tablespoon of dried mixed herbs to the flour bread mix, before the water and continue with the steps until you've rolled the dough into rolls. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter add in 1 clove of crushed garlic and a teaspoon of dried or fresh herbs. Brush the rolls with the garlic herb butter and bake as instructed.
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