Muenster Bread Recipe
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Muenster Bread Recipe

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My sister and I won blue ribbons in 4-H with this bread many years ago. The recipe makes a beautiful, round golden loaf. With a layer of cheese peeking out of every slice, it's definitely worth the effort. -Melanie Mero, Ida, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3-1/4 to 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 4 cups (1 pound) shredded Muenster cheese
  • 1 egg white, beaten

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 273 calories, 16g fat (9g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 399mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 11g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in milk. Add the butter, sugar, salt and 2 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft 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 top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. In a large bowl, beat egg and yolk; stir in cheese. Punch down dough; roll into a 16-in. circle.
  4. Place in a greased 9-in. round baking pan, letting dough drape over the edges. Spoon the cheese mixture into center of dough. Gather dough up over filling in 1-1/2-in. pleats. Gently squeeze pleats together at top and twist to make a top knot. Allow to rise 10-15 minutes.
  5. Brush loaf with egg white. Bake at 375° for 40-45 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Serve warm. Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices).
Originally published as Muenster Bread in Taste of Home April/May 1995, p27

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Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 261767
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2017

"This makes a great Lenten or meatless day meal for a family! Just dip slices in pasta sauce & enjoy!"

kshea User ID: 2698812 5595
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2011

"I make this bread a few times a year. It is great!"

susanfraley User ID: 2668729 1562
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2010

"My daughter made this for a New Year's Eve party. I'd give 10 stars!"

mixandmatch User ID: 4086619 2522
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2010

"This recipe is a family favorite now. The bread has a great density to it that balances well with the muenster cheese. For variety, we will sometimes add pepperoni to it and dip our slices in pizza sauce."

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