Chile bread

Yield: 12 Servings

Measure Ingredient
Green or red chile puree (see below)
1 pack Active dry yeast
¼ cup Warm water (about 110øF)
½ cup Milk
2 tablespoons Butter or margarine
1 teaspoon Salt
1 tablespoon Sugar (up to)
5 cups All-purpose flour
1 can (7-oz) diced green chiles (up to)
¼ teaspoon Ground red pepper (optional)
2 ounces (about 6 large) dried red New Mexico or California chiles (stems and seeds removed)
1½ cup Water (up to)
2 tablespoons Chile cooking liquid
1 tablespoon Crushed dried hot red chiles (optional)

GREEN CHILE PUREE

RED CHILE PUREE

Christina Craig <ccraig@...>

Prepare chile puree of your choice and set aside.

In a large bowl, sprinkle yeast over warm water and let stand for about 5 min. to soften. Meanwhile, in a 2- to 4-cup pan, heat milk and butter to 110 degrees F. Add to yeast along with salt, sugar, chile puree, and 2 c.

of the flour, stirring to blend well.

Stir in 1-½ c. more flour until moistened, then beat vigorously until dough forms long, stretchy strands (about 10 min.). With a dough hook, knead in 1 to 1-½ c. more flour (or knead it in by hand on a floured board).

Place dough in a greased bowl and turn to grease top. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled (about 1-½ hours).

Punch dough down and knead briefly on a floured board to release air. Shape into a smooth loaf and place in a greased 5- by 9-inch loaf pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until dough has risen 1-½ inches above pan rim (about 1 hour).

Bake in a 375 degree oven until golden brown (about 40 min.). Turnout onto a rack and let cool completely. Wrap airtight; store at room temperature for up to 1 day, in a freezer for up to 1 month. Makes 1 loaf.

Green Chile Puree: In a blender or food processor, whirl 1 can (7 oz.) diced green chiles just until smooth. You should have ¾ c. For hotter flavor, add ⅛ to ¼ tsp. ground red pepper.

Red Chile Puree: In a 1-1//2- to 2-quart pan, combine 2 oz. (about 6 large) dried red New Mexico or California chiles (stems and seeds removed) with 1-½ c. water. Cover and simmer until chiles are very soft (about 15 min.). In a blender or food processor, whirl chiles with 1 to 2 tb. of the cooking liquid until pureed (add more liquid if necessary). You should have about ½ c. puree. For hotter flavor, stir in 1 tb. crushed dried hot red chiles.

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