Squash Blossom Cheese Bread


I'll be honest. I originally meant for this "cheese bread" to be more pizza-esque, but sometimes recipes just don't turn out as planned. Regardless, I'm happy with how it tastes so why not share it? I suppose if you wanted to make it more like pizza you could add a sauce (I highly recommend the sauce I used in this pizza recipe) and roll the dough to be much thinner. If you like the idea of cheese bread (and really, who doesn't?) then read on!

Ingredients:
  • 1 3/4 to 2 1/4 cups flour (you'll see why there's a range of measurements here soon)
  • 1 packet Fleischmann's pizza yeast (you don't have to wait for the dough to rise with this yeast)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup very warm water
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil plus more for topping
  • 6-8 squash blossoms
  • parmesan cheese (about 1/2 a cup)
  • mozzarella cheese (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine 1 cup of the flour, the entire packet of yeast, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the water and the oil and mix for about a minute.


Slowly add more flour until a soft dough ball is formed. I added about another cup. At this point, I used my dough hook (for the very first time) to knead the dough for a couple of minutes. If you don't have one, go ahead and knead the dough ball for about 4 minutes on a floured surface.


Roll the dough as thin as you like. Mine was about 1/4 inch thick. Transfer it to a greased baking sheet.


Now it's time for the toppings! Wash the squash blossoms and cut them in half.


Grate the parmesan and mozzarella.


Add the chopped garlic to a little olive oil (I used about 2-3 tablespoons).


Spread the olive oil and garlic on top of the dough. Add both cheeses, the blossoms, and then a little more cheese. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.


Bake until golden brown (about 15-20 minutes). Enjoy!

4 comments:

  1. LOVE this.

    To wash squash blossoms, do you just rinse off the outside of them? Or do you really need to get in there and/or remove any leaves as with brussels sprouts? Thanks!

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    1. Thanks! I removed the stuff inside and then rinsed them gently. This video shows exactly how to do it...

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4deFApRCQRw

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