Sunday, February 13, 2011

Love is a Loaf of Bread

Looking for love?

Bread is totally where it’s at.

Hear me out.

Chocolate, candy and flowers are all very romantic expressions if you're a gal.

However believe me when I tell you that men love these things, not so much.

My advice. A loaf of home-baked bread is where it’s at.

I defy you to find me a man who can resist a just out of the oven slice of warm, buttered bread.

He might want to marry you.


In my world home-made bread is romantic.

When my husband learned that I’ll be making him his favourite loaf of jalapeño cheddar bread for breakfast on Valentine's day, he gave me THAT special smile.

Heck, this bread is downright sexy!


Jalapeño Cheddar Bread
2 (2 ½ ounce packs) yeast
½ cup lukewarm water
1 cup milk, scalded
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt
6 – 7 cups flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
¾ cup cornmeal
1 bottle pickled jalapeño peppers, coarsely chopped
8 ounces coarsely chopped cheddar cheese, cut into small pieces

Add yeast to lukewarm water and leave for 5 mins. While waiting on the yeast scald milk and add, sugar, melted butter and salt to it and stir. Let cool to lukewarm. Pour mixture into the bowl of your stand mixer. Add cornmeal and eggs. Then add the yeast. Add 2-1/2 cups of flour and mix well with dough hook. Add enough flour to make a soft dough. Finally add the pepper and cheese and mix until just blended or turn out on to a floured counter top and knead until the pepper and cheese is incorporated. The dough will be slightly sticky. Lightly grease a large bowl and place dough in turning once to coat. Cover and let raise 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Punch down dough, divide in half and let rest 10 mins. Form into 2 round or regular loaves and place in greased pans or on greased cookie sheets. Let rise until doubled. Bake at 375°F for 30 to 35 minutes



  1. So true most men hate chocolate but all men love bread. Love your photography !

  2. True True!! I must be a guy though -i love warm bread more than chocolate! And Gary's post have me jonesing for a hops too bad!

  3. I agree! Nothing else says love than a fresh homemade loaf of bread. And the smells it leaves in the home hmmmmm :)

  4. Men are so much alike :))) Just give them what they want and they are happy as kids :)

    Nice one!

  5. i might argue that love isn't just any loaf of bread--plain, boring ol' white bread just won't cut it, but this cheesy, spicy batch gives a sound argument! well done. :)

  6. Great bread recipe. I love the add of cheese and jalapenos.

  7. this made me smile...u are spot on! mmmhhhmmm - just the smell alone is enuf :-) and ur pictures hit the nail on the head

  8. Love the intro - I have to agree with Grace that any old bread may not do, but a jalapeno cheese one is a definite turn on :)

  9. Yummy yum yum! - made it this weekend and got tons of extra brownie points!! :)

  10. You have to look far and wide to find something to beat bread fresh from the oven, and then you have to look again just to be sure. This bread looks simply amazing and man or woman, I defy anyone to resist it!

  11. Your bread sounds amazing! I love the cheddar and jalapeno additions, what man wouldn't love that!

  12. In a word: Perfection. I love those pepper flavoured cheese. We used to get them year in Barbados but they have stopped importing them now for about 3 - 4 years. I really don't know why. There was a habanero one that I used to by all the time!