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.
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