Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Turkey and Cheese Braid

Didn't these turn out pretty? I've always wanted to make one from scratch, but never have. They were soooo good!! Sorry about my ugly pan. We also made a new coffee cake that was found in a Molly Cookbook by my niece. It was a big hit. So big that the first piece was cut before a pic could be taken. lol
Turkey and Cheese Braid (original recipe from Dodi R.)
*I used my Kitchen aide for this recipe
2 cups warm water
3 tbls. Yeast
4 tbls. Sugar (evaporated cane juice, or raw sugar or honey)
4 tbls. Melted butter
2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup mustard (whatever kind you like-fancy or plain)
6-7 cups whole wheat flour
2 tbls. Dough enhancer (opt.)
1 egg-for brushing on dough, 20 slices of deli cut turkey or ham, cut in half, 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar
~Mix together water, yeast, sugar and two cups of flour. Allow dough to rest until bubbly.
~Add melted butter, salt, mustard and dough enhancer. Mix well.
~Add flour 1 cup at a time until dough pulls away from bowl. (At some point switch to your dough hook) Don't let the dough get too stiff. Knead 6-10 minutes until dough is stretchy and gluten developed.
~Divide dough in half. Roll out into a rectangle. Down the center of the dough, long ways, put 5 slices of turkey or ham, then put 1 cup of shredded cheese on top of that and add another layer of turkey. Using a knife, pizza cutter or pastry knife cut strips in dough on either side of meat and cheese.
~Carefully fold strips over meant alternating sides to make a "braid."
~Put bread on greased pan. Repeat with second half of dough. Allow to rise, covered, for 30 minutes.
~After dough has risen, take egg and beat it. Then brush on top of bread. Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes.
*Serve Warm. Makes 2 loaves. Serves 6-8 depending if you have teen aged boys or not!

1 comment:

Strawberry Taffy said...

I'm so glad they turned out great! The coffee cake too! It's a big hit over here too. I'm glad your having fun!
Tirzah.