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Cheese Twists

 Cheese Twists
These impressive loaves take a little time to prepare, but they're well worth the effort. I've used the recipe for several years. I love making bread - there's no better way to work out life's little frustrations and with such yummy results! -Michelle Beran, Caflin, Kansas
32 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 65 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 eggs
  • 3-1/2 to 4 cups whole wheat flour, divided
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine all-purpose flour and yeast. In a saucepan,
  • heat buttermilk, butter, sugar and salt to 120°-130°; add to
  • flour mixture. Blend on low speed until moistened. Add eggs; beat on
  • low for 30 seconds. Beat on high for 3 minutes. Stir in enough whole
  • wheat flour to make a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about
  • 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top.
  • Cover and let rise in a warm place until nearly doubled, about 1
  • hour.
  • Punch dough down; divide in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll
  • each into a 12-in. x 9-in. rectangle. Cut each into three 12-in. x
  • 3-in. strips. Combine cheese with 2 tablespoons of remaining whole
  • wheat flour; sprinkle 1/3 cup down center of each strip. Bring long

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Cheese Twists (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • edges together over cheese and pinch to seal. Place three strips
  • seam side down on greased baking sheets. Braid strips together;
  • secure ends. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until golden. Immediately
  • remove from baking sheets to wire racks; cool. Yield: 2 loaves.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 182 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 53 mg cholesterol, 146 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.