Whole Wheat Caraway Cheese Batter Bread

This Caraway Cheese Batter Bread is loaded with three kinds of cheese, lots of spicy caraway seeds and a healthy blend of whole wheat and all-purpose flour. There's a powerhouse of flavor in each and every slice.

Whole Wheat Caraway Cheese Bread

By now you know, I can never follow a recipe without making changes to it. That doesn't mean that the original recipe isnt' good enough. Hardly. It just means that I like to put my own creative spin on everything I do. To me it's what makes cooking and baking so much fun!

This recipe is no exception. The original Caraway Cheese Batter Bread is from Kerry Dunnington's cookbook "Tasting the Seasons" and can be found on page 217. Perhaps you remember this book from when I posted Kerry's recipe for Carrot and Leek Gratin back in March 2015, and I also did a giveaway of her cookbook to one lucky winner. I highly recommend Kerry's book. It's become one of my all time favorite cookbooks. Here's a quick pic of the Carrot and Leek Gratin. It's AMAZING!

Carrot and Leek Gratin

But back to the bread...

I honestly didn't do all that much to change up Kerry's original recipe for this bread. But what I did do was double the recipe in order to get two loaves instead of one. I also added two additional cheeses to Kerry's one, and because I try hard not to eat all white breads these days, I also incorporated whole wheat flour in place of Kerry's all all-purpose flour loaf. And, where Kerry's recipe called for sugar (to feed the yeast), I used honey. See? Not that many changes happened here.

Whole Wheat Caraway Cheese Bread

Yield:  2 loaves    Prep Time: 2 hours (includes rise time)     Bake Time:  45-50 minutes

2 packages active dry yeast (4½ teaspoons)
4 tablespoons honey
2½ cups warm water (tap water is fine)
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup pepper jack cheese
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon salt
¼ cup caraway seeds
2¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour (more for kneading)
2 cups whole wheat flour
olive oil spray
2 - 9x5 loaf pans

-In a medium size bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Stir in the honey and allow the mixture to get foamy (about 10 minutes).

-In the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large bowl with a wooden spoon), stir together the yeast mixture, Swiss, Parmesan, jack cheese, olive oil, salt and caraway seeds. Add 2 cups of the all-purpose flour and stir well (or use the dough hook) to thoroughly incorporate the flour into the wet ingredients. Slowly incorporate the remaining all-purpose flour along with the whole wheat flour until the dough comes together into a ball.

-Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide the dough in half. Gently knead each half of dough until smooth and elastic (using more flour if the dough is too sticky).

-Form each half of dough  into a logs to fit the loaf  pans. Spray each loaf pan liberally with olive oil spray. Place a dough log into each loaf pan and place the pans in a warm, draft free place for the dough to rise until doubled in bulk, approximately 90 minutes.

-Preheat oven to 375°. Bake the bread for approximately 45 minutes in the preheated oven until the loaves sound  hollow when tapped and they're golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool for 10 minutes and then turn the loaves out of the pans and allow to cool completely before serving.

This bread makes awesome sandwich bread. It has a wonderful texture and a firm crumb. Slather it with some hearty yellow mustard and some of your favorite lunch meat and you'll have a sandwich fit for a king (or queen). Of course toasting it with a bit of butter is like a little slice of heaven too :)

Whole Wheat Caraway Cheese Bread

Whole Wheat Caraway Cheese Bread

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