This batch of bread was made for my daughter to take to a board of directors meeting at her AKC dog club. The dogs were not there for the meeting so the humans got all the snacks.
We didn't have to worry about left overs. :)
Garlic and Cream Cheese Bread
2 T vegetable oil
2 t salt
2 t sugar
1 oz cream cheese
3/4 cup warm water
1 T minced garlic
3-1/3 cups bread (or all purpose, but not self rising) flour
2 rounded t dry yeast
Place all ingredients in large capacity bread machine in order given. Set on dough cycle and turn on.
The first dough cycle on most machines is about 40 minutes. Watch the action to be sure a dough ball forms at least 1/3 way through the cycle. Add a little flour or water if necessary to get the correct consistency.
When first dough cycle finished, remove from machine and place in a greased bowl for first rise. Place the bowl in a warm place such as the oven with the light, but no heat turned on. If you place it out on the counter in a warm place, cover with a damp cloth. This batch required about one and a half hours for the first rise. Keep in mind that the temperature in your kitchen and the mood of the yeast can change the time required for the dough to rise.
If you are using crockery for baking, set the empty bread pans in a warm place, too. I use my second oven with the light turned on.
For this batch I used an oval Roseville dish and two smaller loaf pans.
After the first rise, knead the dough to remove bubbles.
Grease bread pans.
Divide in 1 larger and 2 smaller parts, shape in loaf shapes, and place in bread pans.
When it is finished rising the second time, bake at 350 F for 35 mins.
Remove from oven, turn out to cooling racks immediately.
To serve that large oval loaf as pictured at the top of this article, cut a hole in the top/center, break up those pieces and place them around the side of the plate for dipping. Score the rest of the top so pieces can easily be broken off. Fill the hole in the center with spinach dip.
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