These impressive loaves take a little time to prepare, but they're well worth the effort. I've used the recipe for several years. I love making bread - there's no better way to work out life's little frustrations and with such yummy results! -Michelle Beran, Caflin, Kansas
Total TimePrep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 65 min. + cooling
- 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
- 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
- 3/4 cup butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 5 large eggs
- 3-1/2 to 4 cups whole wheat flour, divided
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- In a large bowl, combine all-purpose flour and yeast. In a saucepan, heat buttermilk, butter, sugar and salt to 120°-130°; add to flour mixture. Blend on low speed until moistened. Add eggs; beat on low for 30 seconds. Beat on high for 3 minutes. Stir in enough whole wheat flour to make a soft dough.
- 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 nearly doubled, about 1 hour.
- Punch dough down; divide in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll each into a 12x9-in. rectangle. Cut each into three 12x3-in. strips. Combine cheese with 2 tablespoons of remaining whole wheat flour; sprinkle 1/3 cup down center of each strip. Bring long edges together over cheese and pinch to seal. Place three strips seam side down on greased baking sheets. Braid strips together; secure ends. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
- Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until golden. Immediately remove from baking sheets to wire racks; cool.
Nutrition Facts1 slice: 182 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 146mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.
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