While gorgeous to look at this bread actually tastes of the white wine and swiss cheese. It has an almost silken texture and between my husband and myself, we could easily polish off both loaves in one sitting. Due to the cheese and wine, this bread is a slow riser so plan accordingly. However, after the initial rise, the dough may be refrigerated and shaped and baked the following day if that is more convenient.
This originally was posted in my other blog, www.theardentcook.com.
For an indepth article regarding yeast, please see Yeast As It Relates to Bread.
Wine and Cheese Baguette
1 package active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (90 to 100 degrees)
3 1/4 cups bread flour (454 grams or 1 pound)
1 teaspoon salt
3 ounces Swiss cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1/2 cup dry white wine (I usually use Chardonnay)
1/2 cup water
1 egg white
Combine the wine and water. With the processor running, pour the liquid down the feed tube and process until a ball forms. Process for about 30 seconds to knead. If the dough does not seem uniformly smooth and elastic, divide into about 4 pieces, replace in the processor and process for about 15 seconds more.
Take a small piece of dough and check for the windowpane effect by stretching the dough gently until the dough becomes transparent. This will tell you it has been kneaded enough. If the dough tears before becoming transparent, replace it in the food processor and process for 10 to 15 seconds more.
pat the dough out to slightly less than the length of the pan.
Cool completely. Enjoy an unusual bread combination that is certainly one of my favorites.
Fit the mixer bowl with a dough hook.
Proceed as directed up to the point where you place the flour in the processor bowl. Instead of the processor bowl, put in into a mixing bowl. Combine the water and yeast and pour it over the dry ingredients. Mix on low until the ingredients come together; then raise to medium an beat for 4 minutes. Use the windowpane to check for gluten development. Shape and bake as instructed above.