Onion Braid

Course : Bread Machine
Serves: 12
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Ingredients:

1 package active dry yeast
4 cups bread flour
1 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup water
1 large egg -- beaten
1 clove garlic
1 cup onion -- finely chopped
1 tablespoon parmesan cheese -- grated
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1/4 cup butter -- melted
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon cold water
1 teaspoon poppy seeds
 

Preparation / Directions:

1. Combine yeast and 2 cups of the flour in large bowl. 2. Scald milk, combine with sugar, salt and butter in sauce pan until butter melts (do this in the microwave for about 2 minutes). 3. Add water. Cool slightly. Blend in egg. Pour into flour mixture. 4. Blend until moistened. Beat at medium speed 2 minutes. 5. Add remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time until a soft dough forms that clears bowl. 6. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour. 7. Stir garlic, onion, parmesan and poppy seeds into melted butter. 8. Cool. Stir down dough and knead 10 minutes, adding additional 1/4 cup flour, until smooth and elastic. 9. Shape into ball. Let rest 5 minutes. Roll out into 12 by 18 inch rectangle. Cut into 3 (4" ) wide strips. 10. Spread filling in center of each strip. Fold over from long side, pinch together. 11. Lift ropes gently onto greased baking sheet. Place 1-inch apart. 12. Braid from center loosely. Pinch ends together, tuck sealed portion under. 13. Cover and let rise until doubled, 40 minutes. 14. Brush with egg yolk beaten with water. Sprinkle with poppy seeds. 15. Bake at 350 for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool on rack.


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