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Confetti Fiesta Braids Recipe

Confetti Fiesta Braids Recipe

“This bread is based on the winning recipe in a local contest I judged. I turned it into a double braid and added more peppers. It’s not difficult and is well worth the effort. Plus, it smells glorious when baking!”—Fancheon Resler Bluffton, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + rising Bake: 25 min. + cooling YIELD:40 servings


  • 5-1/2 to 6-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 can (8-1/4 ounces) cream-style corn
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped sweet red, yellow and/or orange peppers
  • 1/4 cup chopped seeded jalapeno peppers
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine 4 cups flour, cornmeal, yeast, sugar and salt. In a small saucepan, heat the buttermilk, butter and onion to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat just until moistened. Add eggs; beat until smooth. Stir in the cheese, corn and peppers. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a stiff dough.
  • 2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • 3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide dough in half. Divide half of dough into two portions so that one portion is twice the size of the other; shape larger portion into three 16-in. ropes. Place on a greased baking sheet and braid; pinch ends to seal and tuck under.
  • 4. Shape smaller portion into three 10-in. ropes. Braid on a lightly floured surface; tuck ends under. Brush bottom of braid with water and place over larger braid. Cover loaf and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes. Repeat with remaining dough.
  • 5. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with melted butter. Cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 2 loaves (20 slices each).
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 134 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 195mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

Reviews for Confetti Fiesta Braids

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popoaggie User ID: 2713833 116169
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2013

"I made this today. I had to use a little extra flour, probably due to the red bell peppers. I made it into loafs, getting 3 loafs of bread. I thought it was to die for and gave some to 3 friends who all felt it was moist and great. One stated I have to order

Taste of Home a gain. A true winner."

donnagodfrey User ID: 5837555 182922
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2011

"I made this and it was a huge hit.

This is sure a bread we want again and my neighbor wants one for Easter."

Ahma44 User ID: 3715298 109472
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2011

"I used 1/2 cup of each red, yellow and orange pepper, in addition to the 1/4 cup of jalaepeno pepper. The bread was fabulous. Next time I will not brush as much water under the bottom top layer. It had a tendency to want to slide off center."

hellolight87 User ID: 5827482 182921
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2011

"amazing bread. sent a loaf to my son in the military and he also thought it was amazing. seems to be a cross between corn bread and reg bread. very dense and delicious"

RhondasCorner User ID: 5793045 194434
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2011

"This bread is awesome right out of the oven. I loved all all of the ingredients melded together. Will definitely have to make this one again."

way2buzy User ID: 5808978 193313
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2011

"We loved this bread. I made 2 separate loaves and it is so tender and delicious. I will make this again. Shared some with my neighbor and she says she is coming to my house for dinner from now on!"

KShoney User ID: 4634562 131855
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2011

"Delightful, savory bread. Excellent with chili, soup or stews with southern flavor. Well worth the effort. Beautiful braids are quite easy!"

mmleach User ID: 1031050 149620
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2011

"The ingredients might sound a little strange but this bread is AMAZING!!!!"

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