Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Ham and Cheese Braid

Soften Together:
2 packages yeast
1/2 cup warm water
Add:
1/2 Cup sugar
1 cup melted butter
7 to 8 cups flour (You want the dough to be soft and just past the sticky phase, try not to over mix the dough)
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon salt

FILLING:

1 jar Kraft Old English Cheese (you can find this in the cracker section at the grocery store)
8 ounce package cream cheese
1 package ham

Mix to make smooth soft dough. Place in bowl with small amount of oil in the bottom of bowl and turn over. Cover and let rise until double in bulk. Divide into five sections (I usually do 6). Roll each section into a 6 x 12 inch rectangle. Down the 12 inch middle, spread 2 inches wide Kraft Old English Cheese , then layer sliced ham on top of the cheese, then a layer of cream cheese.

About every inch, slice dough to center filling ; then braid. Let rise until double. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown.
*Just a few things I have learned. After melting the butter, make sure it cools before you add the eggs. I add the sugar to the butter and mix that first and then add the milk to cool down the butter, then I add the eggs.
We use twice as much ham and cheese than the recipe calls for.

7 comments:

Kim Edwards said...

That ham and cheese braid looks like a work of art. It will always remind me of our Vegas wedding reception - that was such a delicious treat.

Reagan looks like a wonderful helper!

Julie said...

Debbie--I've always wanted to try these, but never dared just thinking they were more work than I wanted to get involved in. The pictures are great and help tremendously!!! I actually think I'll attempt it later this afternoon. Thanks!!! and Thanks Kim again for the site...I love it!

jen said...

Oh, my favorite thing!! Mine never turn out as lovely as yours. Maybe the pictures will help! Yummmm...

Julie said...

Debbie--two questions: (1) I didn't see in the recipe how much ham is used and (2) does each recipe make 1 ham and cheese braid?

Julie said...

Debbie--two questions: (1) I didn't see in the recipe how much ham is used and (2) does each recipe make 1 ham and cheese braid?

Julie said...

OK...one more question: So you use 2 jars of Kraft cheese and 16 oz of cream cheese?

Debbie Freeman said...

each recipe makes 4-6 ham and cheese braids. Just depends on how big you want them.