This is a beautiful and very, very tasty loaf of bread. I really encourage you to make this one, it is not as difficult as it may sound and a perfect companion to a glass of wine on a windy autumn afternoon. Please try? And let me know...
Oh and eh...this time I was very careful in taking photos during the process but forgot to take the photo of the end result! I confess: too busy gobbling up half of one loaf while slicing ... (And for my Dutch readers: you can follow this recipe in Dutch, alleen de werkwijze is anders maar het deeg en de vulling zijn vrijwel hetzelfde!)This is the funny part; while I instruct you to divide your dough into three (!) parts, I subconsciously made 4 and subsequently (sub sub is this still english?) braided with four strands. It is do-able of course but with three it is easier, and faster. And as I had an appointment, the haste with which I braided didn't do much for the result. Being an all-boys-mum I don't get much practice in braiding....
Here's your free recipe:
1 ts dry yeast
¼ cup warm water
3 tbs sugar
½ cup milk
½ cup warm water
¼ cup butter/margarine, softened
1 egg beaten
1.1/2 ts salt
4 cups all-purpose flour (560 gr)
4 tbs butter/margarine, melted
1 medium sized onion, minced
½ cup grated cheese
1 tbs poppy seeds
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ tbs paprika
Dissolve yeast in ¼ cup warm water in a large bowl. Add next 6 ingredients. Gradually add 2 cups flour, beating at medium speed of an electric mixer until smooth. Gradually stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Turn dough out onto a well-floured surface and knead 5 minutes until smooth and elastic. Place dough in a well-greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place, 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.
Punch dough down and knead softly for 1 minute. Roll into a rectangle. Combine ingredients for filling, stirring well and spread evenly over dough. Cut dough lengthwise into three strips. (Or cut first and spread after). Roll each strip up, jellyroll fashion, beginning with long side.
Cut each strip in half crosswise. Place 3 halves, side by side, on a greased baking sheet, braid.
Repeat with remaining dough.Cover and let rise in a warm place 1 hour or until doubled in bulk. Bake at 350 for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown.
adapted from "Southern Living 1984" (!) annual recipes