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Parmesan Crusted Heart Reveal Bread

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  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 1 hr 20 min
  • Servings 12
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Cut into this loaf of cheese bread and you'll be surprised to find a bright pink heart inside. Serve slices for any meal on Valentine's Day.
Updated Apr 25, 2017
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  • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter, plus more to grease mold
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 oz Parmesan cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)
  • Betty Crocker™ pink neon gel food color


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350°F, and gather your ingredients.
  • 2
    Stir grated Parmesan cheese, flour, baking powder, and salt together.
  • 3
    Stir milk, melted butter, egg, and sour cream.
  • 4
    Pour wet ingredients into dry, and fold just until combined.
  • 5
    Scoop out 1 cup of the batter and stir in pink food coloring. Grease 9 cavities in a silicone heart mold using butter and equally divide the pink batter among the 9 heart cavities.
  • 6
    Bake for 10 minutes.
  • 7
    Remove hearts from oven, and carefully cut the hot hearts removing the puffed part. You want nice level slices.
  • 8
    Spray loaf pan with cooking spray.
  • 9
    Sprinkle half of the shredded Parmesan cheese over the bottom of the pan.
  • 10
    Spoon in just enough of the remaining batter to cover the bottom of the pan.
  • 11
    Arrange the 9 hearts pointed tip side down, in the middle of the loaf pan.
  • 12
    Spoon remaining batter over top and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  • 13
    Bake for 45-50 minutes until the top becomes deep golden brown. Remove and set pan on a cooling rack for 5 minutes.
  • 14
    Remove bread from pan, set on cooling rack, and cool for 45 minutes before slicing.

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  • Any way you slice it, the cheesy bread is bursting with love. I remember the first time I saw a picture of a cake that was cut to reveal a heart inside – it was like magic! Baffled by what I saw, I had to find out how the baker made the cake. I was surprised to find out just how easy it is. Since then I've done it myself many times. Up until today, I've only attempted this technique with sweets, but wanted to see if it was just as easy to make a loaf of cheese bread with a hidden treasure inside. I'm happy to report that it is! This bread will be so much fun to share with loved ones. You can wrap up entire loaves, tie them with a bow, and give them out as gifts. The recipients will be totally surprised when they cut their first slice to reveal a bright pink heart (and more importantly, they'll know they are loved).
  • You can slice up the loaves and make toast on Valentine's Day morning, or serve it alongside a romantic dinner. You can even make sandwiches to send to school with your kids. I imagine being a child opening my lunch box and finding pink hearts on sandwich bread. I'm pretty sure that after letting out a little squeal of excitement, that I would proudly show it to everyone at the table before taking my first bite. (And finding this fun surprise would surely help make up for not getting a special Valentine's Day card from that boy I'd been crushing on all year!) Plus, I love good bread. Even though it is often just a side note to a nice meal, it can be something special. This bread bakes up with a fluffy soft interior surrounded by a crunchy cheese crust. It's fantastic warm right out of the oven, great toasted with melted butter on top, and even better with meat sandwiched in between two slices. The best part is that it is so easy to make. Even with the addition of the heart pieces made to stuff inside, you'll have this bread in the oven in about 20 minutes. Grab some butter and enjoy!
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