2 loaves, 12 servings per loaf (serving size: 1 [1-inch] slice)

How to Make It

Step 1

Drain bell peppers on paper towels; chop and set aside.

Step 2

Combine yeast, sugar, and warm water in a 2-cup liquid measuring cup; let stand 5 minutes. Combine flour, bell peppers, Parmesan cheese, and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl; gradually add yeast mixture, stirring until blended.

Step 3

Turn dough out onto a well-floured surface; and knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes). Place dough in a bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.

Step 4

Punch dough down; turn out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead 4 or 5 times. Divide dough in half. Shape each portion into a 12-inch loaf. Place loaves on a large baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 45 minutes or until doubled in bulk.

Step 5

Preheat oven to 450°.

Step 6

Bake at 450° for 25 minutes or until loaves sound hollow when tapped, covering with aluminum foil after 15 minutes to prevent excessive browning. Remove from baking sheet immediately; cool on wire racks.

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