I am a fan of Hatch chiles. If you don’t know, they are chiles from Hatch, NM. And it happens that Fresh Market has the little cans of them on sale 3 for $5. I now have 8…wait, 6 cans of Hatch Roasted Chiles. I decided that 8 cans was just two too many for one house to have. So, it occurred to me that I could maybe do a recipe “mashup”…just to see how it goes. I can tell you it smells fantastic, and so for that reason I am sharing the recipe BEFORE I try a piece.
1 cup lukewarm water
1 packet active dry yeast (I actually use 2 1/4 tsp from a jar of Fleishmann’s)
3 cups of all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
1/2 tbsp salt
2 cans (the small ones) of Hatch Roasted Green Chiles (I use the mild, but you can use the hot ones, I imagine)
1 tsp Ancho Chili Powder (optional)
Oil for the bowl the dough rises in
Cornmeal to dust the baking pan with
Bloom the yeast in the lukewarm water for approx 15 minutes.
In the bowl of your mixer (or any large bowl if you’re going to hand-knead), mix together the flours (save back 1/2 cup whole wheat flour) and salt. Make a well in the middle and pour the yeast mixture in the middle.
Incorporate the yeast mixture with the flour until it comes together. Add the chiles. Mix on medium until the dough holds together. You may (or may not) need the extra 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour to make a moist but not wet dough.
Knead until smooth and elastic.
Place in a well-oiled bowl, ensuring all sides of dough are covered. Cover. Place in a warm area and let rise for 1-3 hours until at least doubled in size.
Once it has risen, punch down and shape into a loaf. Sprinkle a baking sheet with cornmeal and place loaf on pan. Cover with a moist towel and let rise for an hour.
Preheat oven to 450° . Score the top of the loaf 3-4 times. Bake for 25 minutes. You can always take the bread out and coat with an egg wash, returning to the oven for 5-10 minutes if you want. I never do that.
Let cool, or cut and enjoy. I am considering making an ancho-chile butter but it’d probably be fine with normal ole butter.
If you try this, let me know in comments how it turns out. Mine smells fantastic. I might be bringing it to a friend tomorrow so I will know soon if it’s worth repeating!