Cheddar Cheese Sourdough Loaf made with fresh milled flour
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Cheddar Cheese Sourdough Bread Made With Fresh Milled Flour

This cheddar cheese sourdough bread made with fresh milled flour is out of this world amazing! You could add in some Jalapenos for added flavor with a kick! But, I just have to share this loaf recipe, because it makes the most incredible grilled cheese sandwich you have ever had! Let’s make some freshly milled flour sourdough bread with some inclusions together!

Cheddar Cheese Sourdough Loaf made with fresh milled flour
Cheddar Cheese Sourdough Loaf made with fresh milled flour is so amazingly delicious!

What Does “Feed Heavy The Night Before” For Sourdough Bread?

Feed Heavy The Night Before just means to feed your sourdough starter at a higher ratio than the traditional 1:1:1 ratio. This will make your sourdough starter stronger and ready to raise bread in the morning. So, for example, feed 50g of starter with 100g of water and 100g of freshly milled flour (preferably hard wheat for this feeding, because that is what you are going to need for the loaf tomorrow.

sourdough starter doubled and ready to go
You can see by the growth in the jar, and the lovely bubbles that this sourdough starter is nice and strong, and ready to raise bread.

How To Bake Fresh Milled Flour Sourdough Bread Without A Dutch Oven

So, if you don’t have a Dutch Oven, the alternative method would be to use a high heat safe vessel, fill it with water. Then place the vessel on the bottom rack of your oven, and preheat the oven with that water inside to create steam. When the oven is preheated, then place the loaf on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, and bake with the water in the oven for the first 20 minutes. Then, remove the water (be careful it will be very hot) and finish baking loaf without the water.

What Other Inclusions Would Taste Good With The Cheddar Cheese?

Adding other ingredients to this fresh milled flour sourdough boule with cheddar cheese can create delicious flavor combinations. Here are a few tasty inclusions you might consider:

  1. Jalapeños: For a spicy kick, jalapeños pair wonderfully with cheddar.
  2. Caramelized Onions: Add a sweet and savory depth to the bread.
  3. Bacon: Crumbled bacon adds a smoky, savory flavor that complements cheddar.
  4. Herbs: Fresh or dried herbs like rosemary, thyme, or chives can enhance the flavor profile.
  5. Garlic: Roasted garlic can add a rich, sweet, and slightly nutty flavor.
  6. Sun-Dried Tomatoes: These add a tangy and slightly sweet flavor that pairs well with cheddar.
  7. Green Onions: For a mild, fresh onion flavor that works well with cheese.
  8. Apples: Thinly sliced apples can add a sweet and tart contrast.

Feel free to mix and match these ingredients to find your favorite combination! Let me know in the comments below what your favorite sourdough inclusions are.

shredding a block of cheese
I highly suggest you grate your own cheese from a block for this recipe, because it tastes so much better, and you can avoid added anti-caking agents which are added into the pre-shredded cheese bags.

Ingredients To Make Cheddar Sourdough Bread With Fresh Milled Flour

  • 115 g Sourdough Starter 1/2 cup (Fed HEAVY the night before, it should be active, healthy, and bubbly)
  • 500 g of Fresh Milled Hard White Wheat Flour *See notes for wheat variety variations
  • 10 g sea salt 1&3/4tsp
  • 425 g room temperature filtered water about 1&3/4 cups
  • 113g Shredded Cheddar Cheese 1 cup (4 oz cheese – I recommend shredding your own cheese for this, not the pre-shredded packages.)
  • Dusting of rice flour You can use wheat flour for this as well, if you don’t need the full loaf to be fermented.

Instructions To Make Fresh Milled Flour Cheddar Sourdough Bread

Making The Dough

  1. Firstly, pour 400g of room temperature filtered water into a medium bowl.
  2. Then, add the Heavily fed active sourdough and stir it together.
  3. Next, add 500 g of fresh milled hard white wheat flour, mix until no dry flour is left. Cover and let sit for 30- 45 minutes. This is called the Autolyse. This allows the fresh milled flour to start absorbing the liquids, and the bran to start to soften.
  4. In a separate small bowl, add 25g room temperature filtered water (1/8cup) and 10g of sea salt (1&3/4 tsp), stir to start dissolving the salt. Set this aside until the next step.
hand mixing the salt solution into the dough
So, this is where I am working the salt solution into the dough.

Bulk Fermentation & Stretch & Folds

  1. Then, after the autolyse, add the salt & water mixture to the flour mixture. Then, mix it in with your hands. You should see that the dough already is softer and not so shaggy than it was before the autolyse. Cover, and let sit for 30-60 minutes. This is the beginning of the Bulk Ferment.
  2. During this Bulk Ferment Period, Pull & fold dough in the bowl, turning the bowl a few times, Then cover again.
  3. Repeat this Pull & Fold technique every 30-60 minutes until the dough rises about 20-30%. It should get bubbly, and stretchy over time. This phase should take about 4-6 hours.
  4. After the Bulk Ferment Period, then take the dough to a clean flat work surface.
hand doing a stretch and fold the with the dough
This is my middle stretch and fold, the dough is getting nice and stretchy.

Add The Cheddar Cheese & Lamination

  1. Gently flatten and stretch the dough into a flat rectangle sheet.
  2. Sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese evenly all over the flat sheet of dough, and gently press it into the dough.
  3. Then, fold 1/3 of the dough towards the middle, and then the other 1/3 of the dough towards the middle to overlap the first folded layer. This should cover all the cheese with dough.
  4. Then, roll the dough up. Next step it to preshape the loaf.
hand sprinkling shredded cheddar cheese onto fresh milled flour sourdough bread dough
Sprinkling in the cheese before shaping so that it is distributed throughout the whole loaf.

Pre-shape The Loaf

  1. To pre-shape the loaf, use the cup & turn technique to form a round shape, try to use your hands to create surface tension as you shape. If the cheese tears through, that’s ok, just pinch the dough back together after shaping.

Bench Rest

  1. Let the dough ball rest for 10-20 minutes. This is called the Bench Rest.
  2. Repeat shaping 1-2 more times, until the dough ball forms good surface tension. You should notice the dough ball “remembers” better each time you shape it.

Baking The Loaf

  1. During this time, preheat oven to 480*F with Dutch Oven or a High Heat Proof Baking Vessel With Lid inside. (If you don’t have one, never fear, check the notes for an alternative.)
  2. Place dough on parchment paper, and coat dough ball with a little rice flour and score the loaf however you desire.
  3. Place loaf in preheated Dutch oven with lid on.
  4. Bake bread 35 minutes at the 480*F covered.
  5. Then, decrease oven to 450*F, remove the lid, and continue baking 20-25 more minutes.
  6. Check the temperature of the loaf, and bake until the internal temperature of the center of the loaf reaches. 210*F
  7. Let the loaf cool completely before slicing into it. I let it rest overnight uncovered for best results (I know that is hard to do, but remember we didn’t do an overnight ferment, so this bread deserves to rest! lol)
Cheddar Cheese Sourdough Loaf made with fresh milled flour
Cheddar Cheese Sourdough Loaf Made With Fresh Milled Flour

How To Store Fresh Milled Flour Cheddar Cheese Sourdough Bread

To store this cheddar cheese sourdough bread made with fresh milled flour, you can keep the loaf covered at room temperature for 1-2 days. (However, covering the loaf will make the exterior of the loaf softer.)

I like to slice into it the next morning after it has cooled. Then, enjoy the slices toasted and slathered with your desired topping. *Fun tip- This bread makes an amazing grilled cheese sandwich!

For longer storage, I slice the bread and keep in a freezer safe bag. Then, I can just grab a slice out of the freezer whenever I want! It will last in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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Cheddar Cheese Sourdough Loaf made with fresh milled flour

Cheddar Cheese Sourdough Bread Made With Fresh Milled Flour

This cheddar cheese sourdough bread made with fresh milled flour is out of this world amazing! You could add in some Jalapenos for added flavor with a kick! But, I just have to share this loaf recipe, because it makes the most incredible grilled cheese sandwich you have ever had!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Fermentation Time 6 hours
Total Time 7 hours 10 minutes
Course bread
Servings 1 boule loaf

Ingredients
  

  • 115 g Sourdough Starter 1/2 cup Feed HEAVY the night before, it should be active, healthy, and bubbly
  • 500 g Fresh Milled Hard White Wheat Flour *See notes for wheat variety variations
  • 10 g sea salt 1&3/4 tsp
  • 425 g room temperature filtered water about 1&3/4 cups
  • 113 g Shredded Cheddar Cheese 1 cup (4 oz) cheese – I recommend shredding your own cheese for this, not the pre-shredded packages.
  • Dusting of rice flour You can use wheat flour for this as well if you don't need the full loaf to be fermented.

Instructions
 

Making & Autolysing the Dough

  • Firstly, pour 400g of room temperature filtered water into a medium bowl.
  • Then, add the Heavily fed active sourdough and stir it together.
    sourdough starter doubled and ready to go
  • Next, add 500 g of fresh milled hard white wheat flour, mix until no dry flour is left. Cover and let sit for 30- 45 minutes. This is called the Autolyse. This allows the fresh milled flour to start absorbing the liquids, and the bran to start to soften.
  • In a separate small bowl, add 25g room temperature filtered water (1/8cup) and 10g of sea salt (1&3/4 tsp), stir to start dissolving the salt. Set this aside until the next step.

Bulk Fermentation & Stretch & Folds

  • Then, after the autolyse, add the salt & water mixture, to the flour mixture. Then, mix it in with your hands. You should see that the dough already is softer and not so shaggy than it was before the autolyse. Cover, and let sit for 30-60 minutes. This is the beginning of the Bulk Ferment.
    hand mixing the salt solution into the dough
  • During this Bulk Ferment Period, Pull & fold dough in the bowl, turning the bowl a few times, Then cover again.
    Stretching dough
  • Repeat this Pull & Fold technique every 30-60 minutes until the dough rises about 20-30%. It should get bubbly, and stretchy over time. This phase should take about 4-6 hours.
    hand doing a stretch and fold the with the dough
  • After the Bulk Ferment Period, then take the dough to a clean flat work surface.

Add The Cheddar Cheese & Lamination

  • Gently flatten and stretch the dough into a flat rectangle sheet.
    hands stretching the fresh milled flour sourdough bread dough to add the cheddar cheese
  • Sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese evenly all over the flat sheet of dough, and gently press into the dough.
    hand sprinkling shredded cheddar cheese onto fresh milled flour sourdough bread dough
  • Then, fold 1/3 of the dough towards the middle, and then the other 1/3 of the dough towards the middle to overlap the first folded layer. This should cover all the cheese with dough.
  • Then, roll the dough up. Next step it to preshape the loaf.

Pre-shape The Loaf

  • To pre-shape the loaf, use the cup & turn technique to form a round shape, try to use your hands to create surface tension as you shape. If the cheese tears through, that's ok, just pinch the dough back together after shaping.

Bench Rest

  • Let the dough ball rest for 10-20 minutes. This is called the Bench Rest.
  • Repeat shaping 1-2 more times, until the dough ball forms good surface tension. You should notice the dough ball “remembers” better each time you shape it.

Baking The Loaf

  • During this time, preheat oven to 480*F with Dutch Oven or a High Heat Proof Baking Vessel With Lid inside. (If you don’t have one, never fear, check the notes for an alternative.)
  • Place dough on parchment paper, and coat dough ball with a little rice flour and score the loaf however you desire.
  • Place loaf in preheated Dutch oven with lid on.
  • Bake bread 35 minutes at the 480*F covered.
  • Then, decrease oven to 450*F, remove the lid, and continue baking 20-25 more minutes.
  • Check the temperature of the loaf, and bake until the internal temperature of the center of the loaf reaches. 210*F
  • Let the loaf cool completely before slicing into it. I let it rest overnight uncovered for best results (I know that is hard to do, but remember we didn’t do an overnight ferment, so this bread deserves to rest! lol)
    Cheddar Cheese Sourdough Loaf made with fresh milled flour

Notes

*Fed Heavy The Night Before- feed 50g of starter with 100g of water and 100g of freshly milled flour (preferably hard wheat for this feeding, because that is what you are going to need for the loaf tomorrow.)
*You can sub hard red for hard white, and you can use 80% of a hard wheat variety, with 20% of something like Kamut, Spelt, Einkorn, or Rye 
*If you don’t have a Dutch Oven, the alternative method would be to use a high heat safe vessel, fill it with water, and preheat the oven with that water inside to create steam. Then, place loaf on parchment paper and on a baking sheet, and bake with the water in the oven for the first 20 minutes. Finish baking without the water. (Be careful removing, it wil be very hot.)
*To Store- To store this bread, keep covered at room temperature for 1-2 days. (However, covering the loaf will make the exterior of the loaf softer.) I like to slice into it the next morning after it has cooled. Then, enjoy the slices toasted and slathered with your desired topping. Then place a few extra slices in a bag for the next morning. For longer storage, I slice it and keep in a freezer safe bag. Then, I can just grab a slice out of the freezer whenever I want! 
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