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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Cheddar Herb Bread Mix {a great gift idea!}

You guys.  This weekend has been somewhat of a transition for us.  The husband moved to 2nd shift {working every stinking weekend, I might add}, so our schedule and routine is a bit off.  He is now home in the mornings with us, but leaves in the afternoon for work, leaving this mama with all the evening adventures.

Can I just say, I will always  give props to single mothers out there?

It can be rough.

But you know what I do, when it all seems a little bit overwhelming?  I cook.  Or bake.  Or do both.   This bread is super fabulous with soup or dunked in sauces {marinara!....see below}.  It does not require yeast and comes together in a flash.

Plus, did I mention, you can pre-measure the dry ingredients and give it as a gift?

Cheddar Herb Bread Mix
{Print this Recipe!}

Basic Mix:
2 c. flour
1 T. sugar
1 T. dried parsley
1 T. dried dill
1 T. dried rosemary
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt

For the Basic Mix, combine all ingredients in one resealable plastic bag.  Seal bag and store for up to 1 month, or up to 3 months in the freezer.

To make Cheddar-Herb Bread: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a loaf pan. Place Basic Mix in a bowl. With a pastry blender, cut in 1/4 cup butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in 4 ounces white cheddar cheese, shredded. In a bowl combine 3/4 cup milk and 1 egg, slightly beaten. Add to crumb mixture all at once. Stir quickly with a fork to moisten. Spread in prepared pan. Bake 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Turn loaf out onto wire rack; cool completely. 

If you saw my Facebook post yesterday {a big thanks for reaching 800+ fans!}, you saw I was making meatballs.  Homemade meatballs, homemade red sauce and bread....it doesn't get much better for a Saturday.

I'd be lying to say that I didn't take a slice of this featured bread and then proceed to hover over the crock pot giving the bread a dip.

You know what other recipes of mine this bread would be good with?  My Aloha Chili, my Ham & Cheddar Cauliflower Chowder, my Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup, and even as a side to my Fresh Garden Lasagna.

And don't forget you can just make up the basic mix and store it for later.  Or give to a friend, daycare provider, boss or colleague.  I'm sure they will appreciate it! 

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  1. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)January 6, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Cool! That would make a great gift. People are always afraid of making bread, but it really isn't difficult at all.

  2. Love this recipe...looks amazing! Hopefully you guys get used to your new routine soon! It's always hard to make changes like that!

  3. Ally' s Sweet and Savoory EatsJanuary 6, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Hey Autumn! Good to hear from you! This bread is super easy I' m sure your family would love it.

  4. You could totally brush the top with butter! :)

  5. After 5 years with my husband on a swing shift, I have a great appreciation of single mom's who do the night routine all the time. Sounds like you and I have some things in common...I bake too when I am stressed or irritated :-) I'm sure it will be an adjustment for your family, but one that be overcome. Thank you for stopping by my blog, so I could find yours.

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