Cheesy Bread

I just have to start today’s post and this week out by saying I love being a mom.  I was able to spend this last weekend with three of my children and husband playing, eating and just having fun together.  Logan was home for a friend’s wedding and life is always a little brighter and a little more fun when he is around! I love to see my children interacting with each other and enjoying one another.  Sometimes they get me to do things I didn’t think I’d ever do including running through a fountain in downtown Portland Friday night! We missed having Clark home with us but look forward to a visit from him in October.

So I have been on a bit of a carb kick lately.  I do like my carbs.  It’s been hot here in Portland the last week so it has been perfect salad for dinner weather.  But what’s a good salad without some good carbs to go with it!  Today’s recipe for cheesy bread is a perfect compliment to any of your favorite warm weather salads.

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So you do need to heat up the oven to bake this but it is so worth it.

Have you ever bought that cheesy bread they make at the take and bake pizza places?  So good but this is better.  I promise.

I made the dough from scratch but you could easily use some pre made pizza dough (Winco and Trader Joes both carry it here in Portland). A nice layer of Kraft Italian Dressing gives it a great flavor.  I used a combo of cheddar and mozzarella cheese because that is what I had in the freezer.

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I served it with a BBQ chicken chopped salad the other night and it was just about perfect.

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Cheesy Bread

Ingredients

    Dough:
  • 2-1/2 C flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp yeast
  • 1 Cup warm water (120*F)
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • Topping:
  • 1/4 C prepared Italian salad dressing
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground oregano
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • dash pepper
  • 1-2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 C shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  • In a bowl, combine the first four ingredients.
  • Combine water and oil; add to flour mixture.
  • Add additional flour if needed to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead for 1-2 minutes or until smooth and elastic.
  • Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 20 minutes.
  • Punch the dough down; place on a greased 16" pizza pan and pat into a 16" circle.
  • Combine salad dressing and seasonings, brush evenly over dough, all the way to the edges. Sprinkle with cheeses.
  • For a fluffier cheese bread, at this point, allow the bread to rest for 15 minutes or so. If you're in a hurry, just skip this rise. (The bread will rise while it bakes, too.)
  • Preheat the oven to 450*F. Bake for 11 minutes or until golden brown. Slice. Serve warm.

 

Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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Comments

  1. Lisa Klett says

    Yum, what a great dinner! Would you please share how you make your BBQ chicken chopped salad too? My daughter had that at Panera Bread the other day, I had a taste, it was delicious! And yes, having your children around you is such a blessing! Thanks and hugs!

  2. says

    This looks so good! I’ve seen many people attempt to make their own pizza or cheesy bread before but none of theirs ever turned out as pretty as yours! :)

  3. Marjorie Farquharson says

    Leigh Anne, I’ll definitely try the bread recipe, but what about the recipe for that gorgeous salad that you paired with it? Thanks for all of your sharing and the inspiration that you provide to me!

  4. Janell says

    I can see from the other comments that we would all love a copy of the chicken salad that is posted in the picture with the bread! It looks like a delicious summer meal! Thanks so much for sharing your yummy ideas! My daughter is in high school and adores your cookie recipes! The other day she made your almond and also your lemon cookies. They were so good we told her she could open her own bakery…

  5. Susan says

    Leigh Anne, this sounded so good and I didn’t feel like going to the store for two rolls to go with my salad, so I made this Cheesy Bread. Was surprised how fast this went together and ready to eat. Delicious, because this made a pizza pan full I took half over to the neighbors. Everyone really liked the bread. Thanks so much for a great recipe.

  6. Laurie says

    My husband wants bread with every meal so I end up making bread often. Your bread recipes are always delicious! My family really enjoys your Cheesy Garlic Bread, Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread and Blitz Bread. I will try this new one soon!

  7. The Queen Vee says

    Looks so yummy, but too much for two people. Obviously I’ll have to invite someone over for dinner to justify making this recipe. I think I’ll wait until you post to the salad.

  8. Sandra J says

    Mmmmmmm…cheesy bread. I actually like it better than pizza :-)

    Your dough recipe looks yummy but you might want to give the Pizza Hut (food.com) dough recipe a try – it’s fantastic and freezes beautifully!

    Love your blog!

    P.S. We live in Vegas and Cafe Rio is EVERYWHERE – I will crate one up and send to you posthaste. Did you want with or without mariachi music?

  9. Miranda says

    I’ve been following your blog for a while now and love your recipes. I think this is the first time I’ve commented.. sorry about that! Made this bread the other night and it was a huge hit! It was super easy and turned out great thanks for the great recipe.

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