Hatch Chiles are FORKING DELICIOUS and if you live in an area that sells them most likely you will stock up your freezer with these Hatch Chiles so you can enjoy them all year. Today I thought I’d bake a Hatch Chile and Cheese Bread. I’ve been making pizza dough at home for many years, I never measure so I have the knack for baking bread. It’s hard to teach how to make bread because many things will throw bread recipes off and you just have to get the feel for it. Humidity, water, your oven, and actually the brand of flour you use will slightly differ the recipe. Be aware your dough should never be sticky (unless it’s something like a German Style Pumpernickel). When your done making dough it should pull away from the bowl and shouldn’t stick to your hands. You also should be aware that the extra flour in your bowl that the dough rest in is used to knead the dough. Hope that helps. Back to the Hatch Chile Cheese Bread. The bread is very light textured and moist…..you can taste the hatch chiles and do get some heat. I don’t really get the cheddar cheese I added but it’s in the background and maybe adds to the really nice texture. My loaf came out bigger than I expected and the chiles melted into the dough. Next time I might cut the chiles in small chunks instead of fine chopping the chiles so I get to see the chiles more. The only other thing I would have done different would be to make two loaves instead of one so I’d possibly get a thinner crust because of less oven time. But this bread came out so tasty with such a great interior I would certainly make it again.
Ingredients for one loaf or about 10 servings
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 oz active dry yeast – or one packet
1 cup water -100 – 110 degrees F for the yeast to bloom
4 cup bread flour (one cup at the beginning of recipe – 3 cups soon) Plus extra flour for your dough to rest in.
2 XL eggs beaten
2 hatch chiles – roasted, peeled, seeds and stem removed, then chopped
5 oz extra sharp aged cheddar cheese
2 teaspoons kosher salt or sea salt
1/4 cup corn meal – for resting the bread on
non – stick spray canola or vegetable
In large bowl add the sugar, yeast, water, and one cup of bread flour, combine and put in a warm place till it looks foamy.
Get out your stand mixer and put on the dough hook.
Everything goes in your mixing bowl expect for the nonstick spray and the corn meal that’s used to rest the bread loaf on.
Turn your mixer on to stir and as soon as everything is mixed then turn the mixer up to medium-high for about 5 minutes.
It should look like this.
The dough should be nice and elastic like. Your bowl should be mostly clean and the dough shouldn’t stick to your hands.
In a large mixing bowl add extra flour and make your dough into a dough ball and let it rest in the flour in the bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave the dough in a warm spot until it doubles in size…an hour or so….
Then punch in down and knead it a bit. Make the dough into a loaf shape and place in in a non-stick sprayed pan that’s topped with a layer of cornmeal. The cornmeal will add a nice nutty crust to the bottom of the bread.
Leave the dough in a warm place for about an hour.
I set my oven to 350 degrees F…I note I had a casserole in the oven at the same time so I don’t know if that effected the timing but after 45 minutes the bread looked like this.
It looks done but it’s not…I knocked on the top and sides and it made a sound like I knocked on a watermelon and seemed done but when I knocked on the bottom I didn’t get the sound so I flipped the bread upside down and put it back in the oven for another 1/2 hour and that’s what it took.
The texture of the bread is fine and moist. Crust is a little thick. I get the hatch chile taste but not too much.
My husband said this bread would be good for any sandwich.
Came out very tasty. The interior of the bread has a very delicate light moist texture. The Hatch Chiles gives this bread a kick!