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Convection Bake Italian Cheese Bread
Because this Convection Bake recipe uses Rapid Rise Yeast, the dough requires only 20 minutes for proofing before being rolled out and topped with a generous helping of cheese. Basically, in approximately 45 minutes you are able to enjoy delicious homemade cheesy bread which is almost instant happiness.
While this dough is easy to make getting the water temperature just right is key to success. Testing the water temperature on the inside of your wrist before adding to the dry ingredients is recommended to avoid adding water that is either too hot or too cold.
While this recipe shares the same ingredients as pizza the dough is much thicker and because it’s thicker it can handle a more generous amount of cheese. You can certainly add additional flavor accents just take care not to weigh the dough down.
The bread can be baked on a baking stone or a metal pan placed on the 1st or second rack from the bottom of the oven.
2 ½ cups all-purpose or bread flour
1 tsp Kosher salt
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp, rapid rise yeast
1 cup warm water
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
3 tbs mayonnaise
1 tbsp chopped green onion
Dash red chili flakes
Combine the four, salt, sugar, and yeast in a medium-sized bowl. Combine the water and oil in a measuring cup and add to the flour mixture. Mix with a wooden spoon to form a soft dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface, and gather the dough together in a ball and knead a few times to create a smooth ball.
Place the dough into a clean bowl add 1 tsp of olive oil and turn to coat with the oil. Cover with a kitchen towel or select the Proof mode in your oven and place uncovered in the oven to proof for 20 minutes.
While the dough is proofing, combine the topping ingredients in a small bowl.
Heat the oven in the Convection Bake Mode 450 degrees. If using a pizza stone place the stone in the oven during the preheating phase.
Place the dough on a lightly floured surface, punch it down flatten it into a disc with the heel of your palm. Place the dough over the back of your hands and stretch it into a 12” circle.
If using a pizza stone, place the dough on a lightly floured pizza peel. If using a baking pan, place the dough on a lightly oiled baking sheet.
Spread the cheese mixture evenly over the dough and slide the bread into the oven. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until golden brown and the cheese is bubbling.
Makes 6 - 8 slices
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Almond Orange Olive Oil Cake
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1 - cup whole raw almonds lightly toasted and cooled
¾ - cup twice-sifted cake flour
1 ½ - teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of kosher or sea salt
4 - large eggs
1 - cup sugar
1 - teaspoon vanilla extract
Finely grated zest of one small orange or Meyer lemon
⅔ - cup extra virgin olive oil
Toast the almonds in the Convection Mode 325 degrees until golden brown inside, set aside to cool completely.
Leave the oven set at 325 or change to 350 degrees if using standard Bake Mode.
Butter the bottom and sides of a 9” round cake pan and line the bottom with a circle of parchment paper.
Place the almonds in a food processor with one third of the cake flour and process until almost as fine as sand.
In a medium sized bowl whisk together the remaining cake flour, baking powder and salt then whisk in the ground almond mixture.
In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip the eggs on high speed until well-blended. Add the sugar gradually then add the vanilla and orange zest. Continue whipping on high speed until the mixture triples in volume, about 3 minutes.
On low speed, add the flour mixture in three batches alternating with the olive oil and beating just until the batter is blended.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until firm to the touch in the center. Cook in the pan for 10 minutes before inverting onto a rack.
Recipe from “Wine Country Table ” author Janet Fletcher