Pepperoni and Cottage Cheese Loaf

While I enjoy making the occasional dessert, I love to bake breads. I make two to three loaves each week so that we can have fresh bread in the mornings. The loaves are sliced when cooled and divided into two portions. One portion is to be eaten the next morning for breaksfast while the other is put into the freezer for later use. Leftover bread should be frozen to keep it fresh as bread left on the counter grows stale very quickly. When needed, remove from freezer and leave on the counter to thaw for 45 minutes to an hour.

This delicious savory bread has a lovely speckled look from the chopped pepperoni. It is slightly spicy with a tender crumb and is fast becoming another family favorite. The recipe was adapted from The Cooks Encyclopedia of Bread Machine Baking. I substituted the chopped green onions with chipotle chili pepper and added a little oat bran for additional fiber.

Pepperoni and Cottage Cheese Loaf
½ cup fat free cottage cheese
1 cup water
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3¼ cups unbleached white bread flour
2 tbsp oat bran
½ tsp dried oregano
¼ tsp chipotle chili pepper
1 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp rapid rise dry yeast
1 oz pepperoni, chopped

Pour cottage cheese, olive oil, and water in the bread machine pan. Sprinkle flour, oat bran, oregano, chipotle chili pepper over liquid. Add sugar and salt in separate corners of the bread pan. Make a shallow indentation in the center and add yeast. Snap bread pan into machine and set it to basic setting. Press start. Add pepperoni when bread machine beeps, 5 minutes before end of kneading cycle. Remove bread from the pan at the end of the baking cycle. Cool on a wire rack.

Note: I like to remove the kneading paddle when the bread is done with the final kneading so that it will not be baked into the bread and cause a big hole at the bottom when you remove it later.

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day!

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  1. Cook with Madin says

    this bread looks good with the addition of pepperoni and chipotle chili pepper. I'm a bit intimidated every time I try make bread. But you made it sound easy.

  2. zerrin says

    A great combo of flavors! Cottage cheese and oregano are always great pairs. They are even better in a bread. Looks yummy!

  3. The Mom Chef says

    I love recipes where you get a different bit of flavor with every bite you take. This looks absolutely wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

  4. denise fletcher says

    Hi Biren – Hope you're enjoying your whirlwind holiday 😉

    This loaf is just gorgeous – look at that crust! I love how it cracks on top to reveal some of the beautiful crumb inside! Savoury loafs are a very nice change from neutral or sweet breads and the flavours you've put in this one sound absolutely delicious!!

  5. The Housewife says

    Hi Biren! My cousin who is a huge die hard pepperoni fan will love this for sure! Bookmarked your recipe to make for him!

  6. sweetlife says

    nice combo and what a kid pleaser peeperoni in a homemade bread, oh even my hubby would love this..yum


  7. I Just Love My Apron says

    Oh Biren, bread that is fresh from the oven sounds wonderful! I always feel intimated to make bread from scratch! Someday I will encourage myself to do so :)

    I like the touch of pepperoni and cipotle that you added in it. It's so unique!

  8. Kristi Rimkus says

    What an interesting bread! I imagine the cottage cheese makes it very moist. I used to make bread all the time too, it is very therapeutic.

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