Blue Cheese Swirl Bread
This easy skillet bread gets lightly crusty on the outside, but stays soft and fluffy inside. The dough is shaped into a log, then blue cheese is pressed into the dough before it’s rolled into a spiral. The finished loaf smells amazing, and looks like it took way more effort than it did. Serve alongside soups or stews, or all on its own as a tasty snack.
- Serves: 8 persons
- 1cup/235 milliliters whole milk
- 4tablespoons/55 grams unsalted butter (1/2 stick), plus more for greasing
- ½cup/120 milliliters cool water
- 4cups/510 grams all-purpose flour
- 2 ¼teaspoons instant yeast
- 1teaspoon kosher salt
- 7ounces/200 grams creamy or firm blue cheese, crumbled
- Heavy cream, for brushing
Step 1In a medium saucepan, heat the milk and butter over medium until the butter is melted. Add the cool water and stir to combine. The mixture should feel just warm to the touch (about 95 degrees). If needed, let cool before using.
Step 2In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, combine the flour, yeast, salt and milk mixture on low speed, 3 minutes. Increase the speed to medium and continue to mix until smooth, another 3 minutes.
Step 3Transfer the dough to a lightly greased medium bowl and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let rise for 1 hour in a warm place. Generously grease a 10-inch cast-iron or oven-safe skillet with about 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter.
Step 4On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a log about 22 inches long and 1 1/4 inches in diameter. Press the crumbled blue cheese into the log in a long stripe down the middle.
Step 5Starting at one end, roll the log into a spiral (the blue cheese should mostly be folded inside the spiral). Place the dough into the prepared skillet. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until noticeably puffy, 35 to 45 minutes.
Step 6Position a rack in the middle of the oven and one below. Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Uncover the dough, and brush the surface with heavy cream.
Step 7Place a baking sheet on the lower rack of the oven to catch any cheese that may bubble over. Bake the bread on the middle rack until the bread is golden-brown, 30 to 35 minutes. (It should have an internal temperature of 195 degrees in the thickest part of the loaf.)
Step 8Let cool for at least 15 minutes before serving. Serve warm or at room temperature.