Cheese Braided Bread

Recipe by Molly53
READY IN: 2hrs 50mins
SERVES: 24
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition

DIRECTIONS

  • Mix 1 1/2 cups flour, salt, sugar and yeast in a large bowl.
  • Combine yogurt, 1/2 cup water and butter in a saucepan; heat over low heat until warm.
  • Gradually add to dry ingredients and beat for two minutes at medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally.
  • Reserve 1 tablespoon beaten egg for topping; add remaining eggs, 1 cup flour and 1 1/2 cups cheese.
  • Beat on high for two minutes.
  • Stir in enough additional flour to make a stiff dough.
  • Turn out on lightly floured board and knead until smooth and elastic, about ten minutes.
  • Put in a greased bowl, turning to grease top of dough; cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled (about an hour).
  • Punch down; divide dough in half.
  • Divide each half into three pieces and shape each piece into a 12" rope.
  • Braid the three ropes together and pinch ends together to seal; repeat with the second loaf.
  • Place loaves into a greased 9 x 5" loaf pan, cover and let rise until doubled.
  • Combine reserved egg and milk; brush over loaves.
  • Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  • Bake in a preheated 375F oven 30 minutes or until done.
  • Remove from pans and cool on racks.