Homemade Cheesey Garlic Bread

I look back now on myself when I first started cooking. I would look for the easiest recipes that took the least amount of time to prepare. I stayed in the safe zone and didn't challenge myself at all. My food still came out of the oven tasting yummy but it wasn't anything very special. I would follow recipes to the exact measurements and if I didn't have an exact ingredient that a recipe called for I wouldn't cook it. In March my husband and I will be married for 4 years. So much has changed during that time period cooking wise. Recipes that intimidated me are now exciting! I love to change things around and create different tastes and foods. I really enjoy a good challenge. I push myself to go where I've never explored before in cooking and I have to say it is great! Not only is my food tasting better it's less boring. The recipe I am sharing with you today goes to show how much I have changed since then. I would have looked at this recipe and seen the amount of time it took to mix it, kneed it, let it rise, bake it and then stuff it, I would never have even considered trying it. For those of you who are new to cooking or are just a little afraid to challenge yourself in the kitchen I want to tell you that you CAN do it! Try to challenge yourself just a little bit and I guarantee you will see how much satisfaction it will yield you! Here's the recipe:

1 1/4 Cups Luke Warm Water
2 Teaspoons Dry Instant Yeast
2 TablespoonsSugar
1 Tsp Salt  
3 1/2 Cups Flour
2 Cups Shredded Muenster Cheese
2 Tablespoons Butter
1 Tsp Garlic Powder
1 Tsp Parsley Spice

In a small bowl combine the warm water with the yeast. Swish it around with your fingers to combine and activate the yeast. Leave it a few minutes and allow it to bubble up a little. Then add the Sugar and Salt. Put the mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the flour about 1/2 cup at a time and mix. Once it has become pretty doughy feel it and see if it needs some more water or flour depending how sticky or dry it is. Take it out of the bowl and kneed it a little combining into one large ball of dough. Then put it back in the bowl and cover it with a towel. Let it rise for 45 minutes in a warm place. Once it has risen for 45 minutes preheat the oven to 350. Take the dough out of the bowl and separate it into 2-3 pieces depending how large you'd like the bread to be. Grease a 9x13 pan. Roll it into a long thick piece like you would with challah dough before braiding. Lay it down in the pan and push it down a little so that it spreads out on the sides a little. Leave it on the stove top for about 10 minutes letting it rise a little more. In the meantime, melt the butter in a sauce pan and add the garlic powder and parsley. Mix to combine to be a garlic spread. Then brush it onto the bread in the pan making sure the get the sides and spreading it evenly all over. Put it in the oven and bake it for 25 minutes. Take it out of the oven and make about 4 or 5 cuts with a bread knife in a slight slant. Brush the inside of the bread where you cut with some of the leftover garlic butter spread and then stuff the slits with the muenster cheese. Bake for another 7 minutes. Then serve.

  So cheesy yum and warm!

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