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Get our easy recipe to make deliciously soft tear and share bread stuffed with ham, cheese, olives and sun dried tomatoes. We get the bread maker to do the hard work!

If you love delicious, soft bread still warm from the oven, stuffed with gooey delicious cheese then this is the bread for you! And best of all it’s super easy to make.

I’m not going to pretend for a second I spend hours in the kitchen lovingly kneading bread dough.

I just don’t have the time nor the inclination. But I do like lovely fresh homemade bread. So I quite happily cheat and I use the bread maker to do the mixing, kneading and rising.

So literally a couple of hours after putting the ingredients in to the bread machine it gives me lovely, soft pliable dough to stuff, shape and then bake in the oven.

This gorgeous tear & share bread is so soft and so delicious. It’s loaded with cheese and ham and olives.

It’s actually a brilliant bread for packed lunches as it acts as a ready made sandwich – just pull off a chunk, wrap in greaseproof paper and pop into the lunchboxes. Ham and cheese bread is just lovely in place of a sandwich.

Ingredients to make bread – tear and share with ham and cheese

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For the bread dough

  • 550g strong white flour – I use Marriage’s Bread Flour to make my bread – I just like the way it turns out and tastes, it’s good to bake with.
  • 1 1/4 tsp fast action dried yeast
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbs olive oil – you can use rapeseed oil if you prefer
  • 320ml tepid water

For the tear and share bread filling

  • 250g grated mature cheddar – I like to use mature cheddar but you can swap this for mild if you prefer.
  • 100g ham cut into small pieces – I often use our slow cooker shredded ham in this recipe if there’s any leftovers that need using up.
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  • 50g olives – just pitted black olives from a jar work just fine.
  • 6-8 sun dried tomatoes sliced – again use jarred tomatoes
  • Beaten egg – a medium egg will be sufficient for this recipe

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How to make tear and share bread

Our tear and share bread recipe is super easy to make and our delicious cheesy tear and share bread taste’s oh so good!

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  • Make up a batch of bread dough – I do this in the bread maker on the ‘mix dough’ setting – it takes around 2 hours 30 minutes to mix and do the first rise.
  • Lightly grease a round 10 inch cake tin (I also grease a small loaf tin as sometimes I have a little leftover dough)
  • Once the bread maker has finished tip the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead it for around 5 minutes.
  • Using a rolling pin – roll the dough into a large rectangular shape.
  • Scatter over your bread fillings.
  • Roll the dough up into a swiss roll style sausage shape.
  • Slice the sausage into 2 inch sections and arrange them cut side up in the greased tin – leaving room to rise.
  • Place the bread in a warm place to double in size (usually takes around 45 minutes)
  • Heat the oven to 200C
  • Brush the top of the bread with beaten egg and then bake in the oven for around 20 – 25 minutes until browning nicely.
  • Once cooked remove from the cake tin and just tap the bottom of the loaf – if it sounds hollow it’s definitely cooked.
  • Leave to cool on a wire rack.

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Tear & Share Bread Filling Ideas

You can swap and change the fillings in the bread to suit yourself. I make this bread with all sorts of different fillings that I like…

  • Blue cheese with caramelised onions
  • Ham with orange marmalade – I know it sounds weird, but it works really well!
  • Pizza style – tomato paste, ham, salami and mozzarella cheese, this one is delicious it goes all gooey and melty.
  • Nutella, ricotta cheese and grated chocolate… oooo this one is delicious as a brunch treat with a good cup of coffee at the weekend.

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What to eat with tear and share bread

Our tear and share bread is delicious eaten with an antipasti spread or simple mezze.

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More easy bread recipes you can make at home

  • Easy Focaccia Recipe – a super easy recipe for homemade focaccia topped with feta cheese and caramelised onions – again we use the bread maker to do the dough for us then bake in the oven.
  • Breadsticks – a delicious recipe for easy cheesy breadsticks with herbs, this is one kids love to help out making.
  • Homemade pizza dough – make your own delicious pizza at home with our simple dough recipe. Then just top however you like.

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Yield: Serves 4 - 6

Tear and Share Bead with Ham and Cheese

bread making

Deliciously soft and tasty tear and share bread stuffed with ham, cheese and tomatoes

Prep Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 40 minutes

Ingredients

For the bread dough

  • 550g strong white flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp fast action dried yeast
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 320ml tepid water

For the picnic bread filling

  • 4-5 handfuls of grated mature cheddar
  • 4 slices of ham cut into small pieces
  • couple of handfuls of chopped olives
  • 6-8 sun dried tomatoes sliced
  • Beaten egg

Instructions

  1. Make up a batch of bread dough - I do this in the bread maker on the ‘mix dough’ setting - it takes around 2 hours 30 minutes to mix and do the first rise.
  2. Lightly grease a round 10 inch cake tin (I also grease a small loaf tin as sometimes I have a little leftover dough)
  3. Once the bread maker has finished tip the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead it for around 5 minutes.
  4. Using a rolling pin - roll the dough into a large rectangular shape.
  5. Scatter over your bread fillings.
  6. Roll the dough up into a swiss roll style sausage shape.
  7. Slice the sausage into 2 inch sections and arrange them cut side up in the greased tin - leaving room to rise.
  8. Place the bread in a warm place to double in size (usually takes around 45 minutes)
  9. Heat the oven to 200C
  10. Brush the top of the bread with beaten egg and then bake in the oven for around 20 - 25 minutes until browning nicely.
  11. Once cooked remove from the cake tin and just tap the bottom of the loaf - if it sounds hollow it’s definitely cooked.
  12. Leave to cool on a wire rack.

Notes

The bread is delicious just torn into chunks or eaten as an alternative to a sandwich. It's also good served with antipasti or mezze style meal.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

5

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 810Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 128mgSodium: 2020mgCarbohydrates: 92gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 39g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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