I could never count all the reasons I loved spending times with my Aunts growing up. So many fun memories, crafts, lessons, and of course lots of time playing together in the kitchen. I distinctly remember when my Aunt Care would come visit from Dallas. This is one of those special things she would make. It was fun, unique, and hey – homemade bread. It’s really hard to go wrong with that…
I can remember thinking it was crazy and so much fun that we were baking bread in coffee cans, because who does that? It makes for a great family recipe and your guests will love the unique shape too. You could basically mix in anything and any cheese you like. We always did Cheddar growing up with extra black pepper, which is how the recipe became: Care’s Pepper Cheese Bread. I’m proud to own a hand-written copy in her hand writing which I cherish, along with the memories of making it together.
CARE’S PEPPER CHEESE BREAD
- 2 metal coffee cans, cleaned
- 1 package yeast
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 2 1/3 cups flour
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 egg
- 1 cup shredded cheddar
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper,
or more to taste – I like a Tablespoon…
- 2 Tablespoons of butter, room-temperature
DIRECTIONS: Butter clean coffee cans and set aside.
In your mixing bowl add warm water and yeast first; then add 1 1/3 cups flour, 2 Tablespoons sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 baking soda, 1 cup sour cream, and one egg. Cream together until smooth, scrape down sides of bowl, and mix for two more minutes. Toss together 1 cup shredded cheddar, remaining 1 cup flour, and black pepper (or whatever mix-ins you like) and stir into batter. Divide between cans and let rise for 50 minutes. Batter will rise, but not double.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake for 40 minutes. De-can and serve.
This is good ol’ everyday cheese bread. It’s amazing by itself, but great with soups, salads, and breakfast! You could totally mix it up and make it taste like Red Lobster garlic biscuits. No matter what you do bread is awesome. The End.
Thanks, Care – you are the Cat’s Pajamas.