Ham and Swiss Dijon Braid

Recipe by Kaarin
READY IN: 1hr 5mins




  • Combine 3 cups flour, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl.
  • In a small saucepan heat water, Dijon mustard, and butter to 120-130 degrees.
  • Stir yeast into liquid.
  • Let set 5-10 minutes until yeast is foamy.
  • Add liquid to dry ingredients.
  • Stir in remaining 1 cup flour to form a stiff yet pliable dough.
  • Knead 6-8 minutes (I use my kitchenaid dough hook for about 4 minutes).
  • Roll into a 12x14 inch rectangle on a greased baking sheet.
  • Layer 1/2 lb of ham over the dough.
  • Top with the cheese.
  • Add the pickle.
  • Arrange the remaining 1/2 lb of ham on top.
  • Starting on a long side, cut 1 inch wide strips about 3 inches long toward the center (A kitchen shears or sharp knife works well).
  • Repeat on the other long side.
  • Starting at one end, fold strips at an angle across filling, alternating sides, tucking ends under next strip.
  • Pinch ends to seal.
  • Cover with a cloth and let rise for 15-20 minutes.
  • Brush with the egg.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
  • Serve warm with Dijon mustard.