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Ham and Swiss Braid

This is a family favorite I've made many times through the years. I'm in the process of making a cookbook for my children and relatives, and this recipe will definitely be in it.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) quick-rise yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound thinly sliced deli ham
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped dill pickles
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten


  • In a bowl, combine 3 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In a small saucepan, heat water, mustard and butter to 120°-130°. Add to flour mixture. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be stiff). Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes.
  • Roll dough into a 14x12-in. rectangle on a greased baking sheet. Arrange half of the ham over dough. Top with cheese, pickles and remaining ham.
  • On each long side, cut 3/4-in.-wide strips about 2-1/2 in. into center. starting at one end, fold alternating strips at an angle across filling. Pinch ends to seal. Cover and let rise for 15 minutes.
  • Brush with egg. Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.
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  • empressandrea
    May 12, 2012

    No comment left

  • tashi409
    Oct 16, 2011

    Easty to make, quick to prepare, and tasted absolutely amazing! I added a little bit of garlic to the bread dough itself for a little kick and omitted the pickles and absolutely loved how it turned out.

  • dodir
    Aug 15, 2011

    This is sooo yummy!I have made it several times and my family LOVED it! I would definantly make it again:)

  • kira05
    Apr 24, 2009

    I have made this for baby showers, friends getting together to play cards. Everyone has loved it. Sometimes I use turkey and provolone. 5* from me