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Cheesy Grits Bread

Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 10 mins
Stand time 30 mins
Rise time 1 hr, 45 mins
Bake time 40 mins
Yield Makes 3 loaves
We added some of our own twists to reader Catherine Boettner's flavorful recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup quick-cooking grits, uncooked
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 (10-ounce) block white Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 (1/4-ounce) envelopes rapid-rise yeast
  • 5 to 6 cups bread flour

How to Make It

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

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

  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.

  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.

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

  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.