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Cheese sourdough breads are a favorite in my house, and I’ve made them many different ways, using many forms of cheese. My husband likes shredded cheese that is diffused throughout the crumb. My daughter likes big chunks that burn on the crust. My older son just loves it any way, and my younger son doesn’t like cheese inside bread (gasp!?).

In this Durum Herb Cheese Bread blog post I wrote for Breadtopia, I outline several was to add cheese and herbs, and show pictures of the resulting crumb they produce.

Below is my recipe for Cheddar Chive Thyme Sourdough Bread where the cheese and herbs are added after the bulk fermentation. Read the rest of this entry »

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I contributed a new recipe to Breadtopia for a durum wheat, herb, garlic and provolone cheese sourdough bread. I had a great time developing it, including an uh-duh moment of realizing that folding dough around large slices of cheese was going to make for a strange crumb structure because dough can’t reconnect through a big circle of cheese. (It was fun to tear apart and eat.)

That technique didn’t make the final cut, but I included a picture of it and other versions of the recipe at the end of the blog. See the final recipe I decided on and all the pics here on the Breadtopia blog.

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Inspired by the pictures and instructions of @antiguaartisan on Instagram and also using the guidance of this blog http://www.beetsandbones.com/homemade-kefir-cultured-butter/ I made cultured kefir butter.

Why?

Mostly to see if I could, and I love a good taste test.

This process supposedly creates diacetyl, an aroma compound that is quintessential “butter” and gets used a lot in commercial popcorn.

And finally, to get some of the supposed health benefits from the lactic acid-producing bacteria involved in this process: better digestion and immune system strengthening.

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