This bread recipe is one that I've wanted to try forever, but never gotten around to. It comes from a church cookbook so I knew it would be good.
Braided Herb-Cheese Bread
14" dutch oven
1 Tbs. yeast
3 Tbs. sugar
3 1/2-4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups milk, scalded and cooled to 115-120°
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbs. Italian seasoning
2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese
Combine 2 cups flour, sugar, salt, seasoning and yeast; mix well. Make a well in the flour mixture and add the egg and warm milk. Mix well. Add the shredded cheese. Mix well and add the remaining flour to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic. Knead no longer than 6 minutes. Shape into a ball and place in a greased bowl, turning once. cover and let rise in a warm place until double. Punch down and divide into 3 equal balls. Cover and let rise 10 minutes. Roll each portion into a 12-15 inch long rope. Join all 3 ropes at one end, pinching together tightly. Braid and place in a well greased dutch oven. Cover and let rise until double. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven, brush with 3 Tbs. melted butter and dust with 1 Tbs. grated Parmesan cheese and dry parsley mixed together.
The Finished Product
I got side tracked and let mine rise to long, so it doesn't look to great, but it tasted fantastic!
Now I really wonder why I waited so long to try this bread. It tasted and smelled wonderful! It was also soft and moist. There wasn't even a crumb left over. This recipe is a keeper! Grade A.