I barely had time to squeeze in this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe! However, I was able to make it home Thursday after work, gather and assemble all the ingredients, and pop the loaf pan into the oven before my family and I went out to dinner. No, we weren’t eating this bread as part of our dinner, but we did manage to sample a slice (or two) before heading out the door. They’ll be taking the rest of the loaf with them when they leave tomorrow morning. (I don’t think I could be trusted with the rest by myself!)
The twist to this bread was incorporating chunks of cheese in addition to shredded cheese. I only made a couple of substitutions. For instance, I only had skim milk on hand. I used mild cheddar for the shredded cheese while I used smoked Gruyère for the cheese chunks. And, I liked the green flecks from the chives so much that I added more like 3/4 cup to my dough. My only other comment about the process was that I was concerned that the bread wasn’t rising enough and my resulting loaf seemed a bit flat. Maybe I used a too large of a loaf pan. (It wouldn’t be the first time I used the wrong size pan!) Oh, and I may have been a bit overzealous about buttering my loaf pan because the butter was bubbling around the edges of the bread when I took the pan out of the oven. But, it made the edges nice, crispy, and so buttery! My mother would take a bite, say “Mmm!”, and take another bite!
This bread was really delicious in its original form, but I’m excited to try different mix-ins, like bacon, sausage and I know one blogger used dried pear! Make sure to check out other bloggers’ thoughts and results of this savory cheese and chive bread at French Fridays with Dorie. As usual, the recipe for this dish can be found in Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.