Gooey pockets of sharp cheddar cheese and spicy jalapeno bits are the most INSANE duo in this incredibly soft and flavorful jalapeno cheddar focaccia bread!
Introducing the end to your January diet cleanse. Obviously the reason is bread.
But not just any ‘ol loaf of bread, guys. I’m talking soft, chewy, deeply flavorful focaccia. With big pockets of melty sharp cheddar. And little bits of spicy jalapeno. In.every.freaking.bite.
I am seriously SO PSYCHED for y’all to try this bread. For real though.
Also excited to incorporate more cheesy, bready goodness into everyone’s lives. You’re welcome.
As with all the focaccia we do around here, the dough for this jalapeno cheddar focaccia is made the night BEFORE in order to develop all those deep flavorful rustic bread flavors. Trust me, the longer this dough can ferment, the better it will be.
The next day? Literally all you’ll be doing is sauteing up some jalapeno pepper. Kneading the pepper + sharp cheddar cheese cubes into the dough. Shaping the dough in a cast iron skillet. Quick rise. Quick bake.
Quick note about the cheese cubes << these are NECESSARY in order to get pockets of cheese. Which heaven knows you want in your life.
With the Superbowl coming right around the corner, you should do yourself a favor and have MANY of these loaves on standby for proper snackage. Making the majority of the dough the night before will make for a SUPER easy prep the next day.
Seriously. Are those cheese pockets even real life??
Jalapeno Cheddar Focaccia
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- 4 cups bread flour
- 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
- 2-1/2 teaspoons salt
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 16 oz water (room temperature)
- 3/4 cup cheddar cheese (cut into 1/2-in cubes)
- 2 small jalapenos, sauteed in 1 tablespoon olive oil until slightly softened
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, reserved
- In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, honey, and yeast. Drizzle in water and stir dough with a wooden spoon until a slightly-sticky dough forms. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature overnight or 18-24 hours.
- The next day, preheat oven to 425F. Lightly grease a 9-in cast iron with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Punch risen dough down and gently knead in cheddar cubes and jalapeno pieces. (reserve a few for garnishing)
- Gather dough into a smooth ball and pat into greased pan Cover with plastic wrap and let rise 30 minutes.
- Once dough has risen, lightly brush with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and use your fingers to make little indentations all over bread. Sprinkle with reserved jalapeno pieces and cheddar cubes.
- Bake focaccia at 425F 30-35 minutes until a light golden brown. (if focaccia is browning too quickly, lightly cover in foil) Cool focaccia 10 minutes before slicing into wedges. Enjoy warm!