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Herb & Romano Cheese Wreath

 Herb & Romano Cheese Wreath
After the wreath is baked and cooled it can be wrapped in foil, placed in an airtight plastic bag and frozen until you are ready to give it away. Add some whipped butter on the side and it’s the perfect gift.—Linda Padia, Wauna, Washington
24 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1-1/2 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 tablespoons grated Romano cheese, divided
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary or 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 5-1/2 to 6 cups bread flour
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

Directions

  • In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and honey in warm water; stir in milk
  • powder. In a large bowl, combine eggs, softened butter, 2
  • tablespoons cheese, rosemary, thyme, salt, yeast mixture and 2 cups
  • flour; beat on medium speed until smooth. Stir in enough remaining
  • flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  • Turn dough 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 with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until
  • doubled, about 1 hour.

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Herb & Romano Cheese Wreath (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into
  • thirds. Roll each into a 30-in. rope. Place ropes on a greased
  • baking sheet and braid. Shape into a wreath and pinch ends to seal.
  • Cover with a kitchen towel; let rise in a warm place until almost
  • doubled, about 45 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Brush braid with melted butter; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake
  • 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack
  • to cool. Yield: 1 loaf (24 slices).