Thursday, September 9, 2010

Day 250: Braided Herb-Cheese Bread

Good morning everyone!  Thank you all for your kind comments and emails, I'm feeling much better now.  I appreciate all of you!
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
1 egg
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!

The Review

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.

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