Monday, April 18, 2011

Cream Cheese Dill Bread

Now that I have a Kitchen Aid, I'm not sure how I ever lived without one! Along with pizza crust and banana bread, Joe used it to grind lamb for a delicious Moussaka. This month Mother's Kitchen challenged us to use dried dill in a recipe, so I whipped together this Cream Cheese Dill Bread. It is easy to make, and comes out looking very impressive. This biscuit-like bread is great to tear into big chunks and sop up soup or plate juices.

2 tsp yeast
5 Tbsp warm water
3 1/2 cups bread flour
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp dried dill
2/3 cup cream cheese at room temp
2 small diced onions
2 beat eggs
4 Tbsp butter

Sprinkle yeast in water, let it stand 5 minutes. Saute onions in 1 tablespoon butter then cool. In a mixer with a paddle attachment mix flour, salt and dill.  Add cream cheese, onions and remaining butter and mix until it looks like pie dough. Drizzle in eggs and yeast water and mix on low for 5 minutes. Let stand, covered, in a warm place for 1/2 hour. Knead for 1 minute. Form into balls in a greased pan and let it stand again for another 1 1/2 hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake 45 minutes.