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Ham & Cheese Bread Braid Recipe

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Sandy Holman
Added: Wednesday, October 29, 2008


2 1/2 - 3 C. flour
3/4 C. water
1 T. sugar
1 package yeast
2 T. butter
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg
butter, melted
Italian seasoning
3/4 C. meat
3/4 C. cheese

In a large bowl combine 1 cup flour and yeast. In a microwave safe measuring cup heat water, butter, sugar and salt until warm and the butter almost melts (1 min.), then stir. Add liquid to the dry ingredients in bowl along with egg. Beat at low speed for 1/2 minute, then 3 minutes at high speed. Stir in by hand as much flour as needed to make a soft dough and then knead to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic about 5 minutes. Cover dough and let rest 10 minutes. (Optional: this can be mixed in a bread machine on the dough cycle). Cut 3/4 cup meat and cheese into small pieces. I like to use ham and cheddar best, but it is also delicious with pastrami and Swiss or any other combination. Roll dough into 12x9 inch rectangle. Brush with 1 Tb. melted butter and sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Then, sprinkle meat and cheese evenly over dough. Cut rectangle into 3 long equal strips. Take each strip and bring the edges together widthwise and pinch the dough to seal it, so that you end up with 3 long tubes of dough with the meat and cheese in the middle. Then braid the strips together on a greased baking sheet. Let rise and bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes. Brush top with melted butter.




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