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Garlic Fontina Bread

With its golden brown color and soft texture, this bread is a must at any family meal. It's a modified version of a traditional white bread recipe my brother gave me. Try it as garlic bread toast or for grilled sandwiches, or enjoy it as is. —Cindy Ryan, St. Johns, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    2 loaves (16 slices each)

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 5 to 5-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons shredded fontina cheese, divided
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons canola oil

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, shortening, garlic powder, salt and 3 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough. Stir in 1-1/2 cups cheese.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Shape into 2 loaves. Place in 2 greased 9x5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes. Brush with oil and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  • Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 119 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 215mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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