Aunt Ida’s Hot Pepper Cheese Bread

3.5cups flour
2 Tsp salt
2 Tblsp sugar
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
1 egg
1 packet fast rising yeast
1 cup warm water
2/3 cup Formato Brothers Hot Pepper Spread  (Drain most f the oil from the mixture.  It should be relatively dry.)
2/3 cup of shredded Asiago or Parmesan cheese

  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Place flour in stainless bowl.  Make a well & place salt, sugar, oil in well.  Break egg into a small bowl, whisk it slightly.  Pour egg into other liquids.  Place yeast into liquids & put a small quantity of warm water into liquid.  Make sure that all of yeast is covered.  Wait 20 minutes for yeast to begin “bubbling.”  Once yeast has begun to work, mix in remaining water, bringing all of the contents together.
  3. Knead the flour mixture for about 15 minutes using the palms of both hands.
  4. Shape into a rectangular loaf.  Place the dough into a rectangular glass bowl & cover with a slightly damp towel for 3 hours to allow the bread to rise.
  5. Once bread has risen, take it out of the bowl  place it on a slightly floured bread board.  Hit the bread mixutre once with both hands to get all of the air out of the mixture.
  6. Roll the bread mixture out into a rectangular pattern.  Spread the Formato Brothers Hot Pepper Spread onto the dough.
  7. Sprinkle with cheese.
  8. Carefully form the dough into a roll shape.  Place into a bread pan.  Cover pan with dry towel for one hour to let bread set.  Remove towel.
  9. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until brown.  Yield:  1 medium sized loaf or 4 small loaves.  The small loaves can be used for bruschetta or appetizers.  Can be frozen.

Auntie Jean’s Sausage Bread

(You will need a Kitchen Aid mixer with a bread hook)

  1. Sprinkle 1 Tblsp sugar over 1 pkg yeast.  Add 1/2 cup hot water.  Do not stir or mix.  Put this bowl aside until mixture doubles in size.
  2. In large mixing bowl mix the following ingredients together with Kitchen Aid bread hook: 1 Tblsp sugar, 1 Tblsp salt, 1 1/4 cups hot water, 2 cups flour, 1 egg, 4 Tblsp Formato Brothers Hot Pepper Spread (do not drain).
  3. Add yeast mixture to bowl while it’s mixing.  Gradually add 2 cups flour.  Continue mixing until dough pulls away from sides of bowl & texture is nice & soft, not sticky to the hands.
  4. Put dough into a greased bowl; cover with Saran Wrap; put in warm place until it doubles in size.
  5. Form dough into desired shape (almost a rectangle is a good shape).  Roll dough out on bread board.  Spoon marinara sauce over dough.
  6. Remove casing from Italian Sausage & saute in a frying pan until brown.
  7. In another frying pan saute fresh spinach in vegetable or olive oil, seasoned with a little minced garlic.
  8. Spread spinach & sausage on dough.
  9. Roll to form a rectangular loaf.  Place on greased cookie sheet; let it rise to double its size.
  10. Bake 350 degrees until golden brown.  Slice & serve.  Buon Appetito!