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Beef ‘n’ Cheese Braid

I love to experiment with foods and baking, and I thought that by putting beef and cheese in the middle of bread it would taste like a sub sandwich - and it does! The recipe may sound complicated, but it's actually easy to make.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    1 loaf

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/4 cup butter, divided
  • 2-3/4 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup shredded dried beef
  • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Soften 2 tablespoons butter; add to yeast mixture with 1-1/2 cups flour, sugar, salt and egg; beat until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.
  • Turn out 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.
  • In a small bowl, combine the beef, cheese and basil; set aside. Punch dough down. Roll into a 12-in. x 9-in. rectangle. Cut dough lengthwise into three 12-in. x 3-in. strips. Melt remaining butter; brush some over strips.
  • Divide beef mixture in thirds and sprinkle down the center of each strip. Bring lengthwise edges together and pinch to seal, forming a rope. Place on a greased baking sheet, seam side down. Secure one end and braid the ropes together; secure other end. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Brush with remaining melted butter. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Slice and serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 131 calories, 4g fat (3g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 239mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.
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