Tuesday, April 2, 2013

ABC KAF Gruyere Crusty Loaves

 This month for our Avid Bakers Challenge we are making Gruyere Stuffed Crusty Loaves from King Arthur's Flour.  I started the night before by making the starter. The next morning my dough became very dense and didn't rise like I thought it should. It did roll out nicely and held the cheese. I used Vermont White Cheddar instead of Gruyere. I also added Pensey's Pizza Seasoning instead of the pizza dough flavor which was an optional ingredient.

 Didn't raise much and were dense...but amazing crusty outside!! The flavor was great and the smell lovely. Everyone loved these.

 Still wondering if I did something wrong at the yeast stage because of the texture. These were great torn apart and dipped in hot spaghetti sauce. YUM.

Recipe from King Arthur's Flour

A lava-flow of aromatic cheese melts down the sides of these chewy/crusty loaves. Step-by-step photos illustrating how to make this bread are available at Bakers' Banter, our King Arthur blog.



  • all of the starter
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons to 1 1/4 cups lukewarm water*
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Pizza Dough Flavor (optional)
  • 3 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached Bread Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant yeast
  • *Use the greater amount of water in winter, when conditions are dry; and the lesser amount in summer, when the weather is humid.


  • 2 1/2 cups grated Gruyère cheese, or the grated/shredded cheese of your choice (sharp cheddar, or a mixture of provolone and mozzarella are tasty)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic oil (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Pizza Seasoning (optional)


1) To make the starter: Mix the 1 1/4 cups flour, salt, yeast, and 1/2 cup water in a medium-sized bowl. Mix till well combined; the starter will be very dry. Cover and let rest overnight at room temperature; it'll become bubbly.
2) To make the dough: Combine the risen starter with the water, salt, flour, and yeast. Knead—by hand, mixer, or bread machine set on the dough cycle—to make a smooth dough.
3) Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover, and let it rise for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, till it's nearly doubled in bulk.
4) Gently deflate the dough, and pat and stretch it into a 3/4"-thick rectangle, about 9" x 12". Spritz with water, and sprinkle with the grated cheese.
5) Starting with a long side, roll it into a log, pinching the seam to seal. Place the log, seam-side down, on a lightly floured or lightly oiled surface.
6) Cover it and let it rise for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, till it's puffy though not doubled in bulk. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 425°F.
7) Gently cut the log into four crosswise slices, for mini-breads; or simply cut the dough in half, for two normal-sized loaves. Place them on one (for two loaves) or two (for four mini-loaves) lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheets, cut side up. Spread them open a bit, if necessary, to more fully expose the cheese. Spritz with warm water, and immediately place them in the preheated oven.
8) Bake for 20 minutes (for the mini-loaves), or 35 minutes (for the full-sized loaves), or until the cheese is melted and the loaves are a very deep golden brown. Remove them from the oven, and cool on a rack


Hanaâ said...

They look cute, like a big cinnamon roll! The inside looks soft and fluffy. Not sure why it was dense. Maybe more water was needed?

What a great idea to dip these in hot spaghetti sauce. Yum!
Btw, there's no link to your post on the ABC blog. Would you like me to add it for you?

Karen Kerr said...

These with spagetti sauce sounds amazing!

kitchen flavours said...

My starter was a dense too and not bubby as indicated in the recipe, but it did rise and the bread turns out great!
We ate this dipped in hot mushroom soup!

Virginia Taylors said...

It has been so fun to see what everyone else did!! I think these were an excellent dipper!! Mushroom soup-great idea.

Lien said...

Love how high they are. Just wondering how the outside kept so white after baking (or is that just the picture)

Virginia Taylors said...

I wondered that too but they were done inside..I didn't want to overcook them. Nothing worse then dry overcooked bread.