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Braided Peppery Cheese Rolls

These eye-catching braided rolls are a wonderful accompaniment to any meal. The coarsely ground pepper isn't overpowering. I sometimes like to use the dough when making hamburger buns.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 dozen

Ingredients

  • 4-1/4 to 4-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast, salt and pepper. In a saucepan, heat milk and butter to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add 1 egg and 1/2 cup flour; beat 2 minutes longer. Stir in cheese and enough remaining flour to form 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 doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a floured surface; cover and let rest for 15 minutes. Divide into 36 pieces. Shape each into a 6-in. rope. Braid three ropes together. Pinch ends to seal. Repeat with remaining dough.
  • Place on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Beat remaining egg; brush over braids. Bake at 375° for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 259 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 389mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.

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