Cheddar, sun-dried tomato and olive bread

Waking up to the smell (do I have to use a poncy word like aroma?  No one ever says aroma.  “Ooh, what a nice aroma”?  As if) of freshly baked bread is one of the nicest things to wake up to (although waking up next to The Meat Eater has its advantages sometimes. Well, someone needs to make the tea, don’t they?) and so last night I set the bread machine (no, I’m not THAT much of a domestic goddess, I am a Lazy Domestic Goddess. Hmm, I feel a book coming on) to make me some cheddar, sun-dried tomato and olive bread in time for 8am, a recipe I adapted from The Bread Machine Book, which originally called for 50g of feta cheese but, being the rebel I am, I substituted that for roughly 100g of vintage cheddar. And yes, I know you’re not supposed to put perishables in the bread machine overnight, but read what I just said about being a rebel. A rebel without a stomach lining.

Cheddar, sun-dried tomato and olive bread
Cheddar, sun-dried tomato and olive bread

And I go for my run and come back and breakfast on my freshly made bread and hot chocolate and, bloody hell, that may possibly be the nicest bread I’ve ever made.

Ingredients (for 450g / 1lb loaf):
175ml (6 fl oz) water
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp salt
350g (12 oz) bread flour
1 1/2 tsp yeast
100g cheddar
25g chopped green olives
2 tbsp chopped sun-dried tomatoes

Put all ingredients in bread tin in order suggested by your bread machine instructions
Set for white bread, medium crust
Press start
Eat and say bloody hell, that may possibly be the nicest bread I’ve ever made

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  1. Bread looks good! I might retrieve my Bread Maker from my Mum and give it a try. Not had much success in the past though, as it always turns out soggy in the middle. Which make / model do you have?

  2. My machine’s a cheap one from Argos, think it’s called Cookworks or something. I’ve never had a disaster and I very rarely measure things absolutely precisely.

  3. Hi Cathy, I just wanted to thank you for providing this recipie! It rises just right in my Cookworks machine, although since I don’t have a 1lb setting I put it on 1.5 lb and a light crust, this seems to work out well! I have omitted the cheese and the olives, even just made this recipie as white bread!

    I have adapted the recipie to make brown seedy bread too. If anyone is interested, I use 150g strong white flour and 200g strong brown flour. I use 1 tbsp honey instead of sugar and I omit the cheese, tomato and olives and add a couple of tablespoons of seeds when the machine beeps.

  4. A lovely recipe, if you are a marmite fan then this is essential to the perfect breakfast (no butter), I can truly say bloody hell this could possibly be the nicest bread I ever made. Jacky.

  5. Yup. Best EVER. I nearly reduced the amount of cheddar as it seemed a lot and though it might be a typo, but DON’T CHANGE A THING!
    Thank you Cathy.

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