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Sesame Onion Braid

 Sesame Onion Braid
Convenient onion soup mix gives this stunning braided loaf mild onion flavor. It's even more delicious spread with Caramelized Onion butter. As a music professor/conductor, I sometimes share this treat with my musicians to give us all an energy boost! -Patrice Stribling Donald, Edwardsville, Illinois
32 ServingsPrep: 45 min. + rising Bake: 35 min.

Ingredients

  • 6-1/2 to 6-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1-1/4 cups water, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • CARAMELIZED ONION BUTTER:
  • 1 tablespoon diced onion
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened, divided
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh parsley

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine 5 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In a
  • small saucepan, heat the sour cream, and 1/4 cup water to
  • 120°-130°; add to dry ingredients. Beat on medium speed for

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Sesame Onion Braid (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 2 minutes. Add 2 eggs, soup mix, butter, baking soda. remaining warm
  • water and 1/2 cup flour; beat 2 minutes longer. Stir in enough
  • remaining flour to form a firm dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about
  • 6-8 minutes. Place dough in a greased bowl, turning once to grease
  • top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into
  • six portions. Shape each into a 15-in. rope. Place three ropes on a
  • greased baking sheet; braid. Pinch ends to seal; tuck under.
  • Repeat. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Beat egg and cold water; brush over dough. Sprinkle with sesame
  • seeds. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.
  • In large skillet, saute onion in 1 tablespoon butter until golden
  • brown. Add garlic; cook 1-2 minutes longer or until garlic is
  • tender.
  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, onion mixture, parsley and
  • remaining butter until creamy. Serve with bread. Yield: 2 loaves
  • (2/3 cup butter).
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 159 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 36 mg cholesterol, 282 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.