I LOVE spicy food. Just ask my friends — I excessively douse my scrambled eggs, Asian inspired dishes, sandwiches, and tortilla chips with Salsa, Tabasco, Sriracha, or Secret Aardvark sauce (or any combination thereof). But, in addition to my love of fiery, heat-loaded sauces, I also happen to enjoy jalapeños. In my opinion, jalapeños are a perfect addition to nachos, sandwiches, soups, and rice dishes to provide an extra kick of flavor.
Two weekends ago, I indulged in cheddar jalapeno bread for the first time at a friend’s house. I was completely enamored by the salty, spicy, and cheesy flavors that mixed together with the bread. I’ve always put jalapenos on sandwiches that are already overloaded with other ingredients; however, I had never thought to just make bread solely with jalapenos as one of main ingredients. I found a recipe for Cheddar Jalapeno Bread; however, my first attempt resulted in a massive failure. Now, that’s not to say that the previous recipe is flawed, because it is definitely not (this recipe is one of the top ten bread recipes on Epicurious and has plenty of amazing reviews). I would totally recommend anyone to make that recipe. My main problems resulted in the fact that the yeast I had on hand did not rise for some unbeknownst reason as well as that the bread takes about 6.75 hours to make from start to finish. Even though I love to bake and I’m completely willing to take the time, I’m usually not that patient (especially after I messed up the first time!). So, I decided to take a previous recipe for bread (as seen here), and add onto it by putting cheese and jalapenos on it at the end!
Step 1: Make Other Bread
Step 2: Slice Fresh Jalapeño Dough; Grate Cheese
Step 3: Place Cheddar Cheese, Sliced Jalapeños,
and Jarred Jalapeños On Top of Bread and Bake!
[I usually wouldn't prefer anything "jarred"
over fresh -- but, in this case, jarred jalapeños
are even spicier and bake really well!]
I was a bit nervous to make this recipe; however, I’m happy at the results. For next time, I’ll definitely make one modification: add the cheese and jalapeños just a few minutes before the bread is done baking. That way, the cheese-y flavors will be more pronounced!