Prep Time
15 Mins
Cook Time
10 Mins
Stand Time
30 Mins
Rise Time
1 Hour 45 Mins
Bake Time
40 Mins
Yield
Makes 3 loaves

We added some of our own twists to reader Catherine Boettner's flavorful recipe.

How to Make It

Step 1

Bring milk to a boil in a large sauce-pan over medium heat; stir in grits, and cook, stirring often, 5 minutes (mixture will be very thick). Remove from heat; add salt and cheese, stirring until cheese is melted. Let stand 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 2

Combine 1 cup warm water, sugar, and yeast in the mixing bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer; let stand 5 minutes. Add grits mixture, beating at medium-low speed with the dough hook attachment until well blended.

Step 3

Add 4 cups flour, 1 cup at a time, beating until blended after each addition and stopping to scrape down sides as necessary. Gradually add enough flour to make a stiff but slightly sticky dough. Dough will form a ball around mixer attachment.

Step 4

Shape dough into a ball with well-floured hands, and place in a well- greased bowl, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.

Step 5

Punch dough down, and divide into thirds; shape each portion into a loaf. Place into lightly greased 9- x 5-inch loafpans; cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 45 minutes or until doubled in bulk.

Step 6

Bake at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden. Let bread cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.

Step 7

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Cracker Barrel Vermont Sharp White Cheddar.

Step 8

Bacon-Cheddar Grits Bread: Prepare dough as directed. After dividing dough, roll each third into a 14- x 9-inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Sprinkle each dough rectangle evenly with 1/2 cup cooked, crumbled bacon and 3/4 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese. Roll up, jelly-roll fashion, starting with each short side and ending at middle of dough. You will form 2 rolls per loaf. Place into prepared loafpans; let rise, and bake as directed.

Step 9

Tomato-Black Olive Grits Bread: Prepare dough as directed. After dividing dough, roll each third into a 14- x 9-inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Sprinkle each dough rectangle evenly with 1/2 cup julienne-cut dried tomatoes with herbs in oil (drained and patted dry with paper towels) and 1/2 cup sliced black olives (drained and patted dry with paper towels). Roll up, jelly-roll fashion, starting with each short side and ending at middle of dough. You will form 2 rolls per loaf. Place into prepared loafpans; let rise, and bake as directed.

Step 10

Note: For testing purposes only, we used California Sun-Dry sun-dried julienne cut tomatoes with herbs.

Step 11

Basil Pesto-cheese Grits Bread: Prepare dough as directed. After dividing dough, roll each third into a 14- x 9-inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Spread 1/4 cup prepared basil pesto evenly over each dough rectangle; sprinkle each with 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella or crumbled goat cheese. Roll up, jelly-roll fashion, starting with each short side and ending at middle of dough. You will form 2 rolls per loaf. Place into prepared loafpans; let rise, and bake as directed.

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