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Swiss Onion Bread

Our granddaughter, Lena, used this recipe as part of her 4-H project, and it was very well received. The slight crunch from poppy seeds pairs well with the creamy Swiss cheese.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    2 loaves (16 slices each)


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1-1/2 cups warm water (110° to 115°), divided
  • 1 teaspoon plus 1/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 6-3/4 to 7-1/4 cups bread or all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • Additional poppy seeds, optional


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Add 1 teaspoon sugar; let stand for 5 minutes. Add the butter, onion, egg, salt, mustard, 3 cups flour and remaining water and sugar. Beat until smooth. Stir in cheese and enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 8-10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Roll each portion into a 18x10-in. rectangle. Cut in half lengthwise. Combine filling ingredients; spread to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up each, jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seams to seal. Place two ropes, side by side, on a greased baking sheet. Twist ropes together; pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Repeat with remaining dough.
  • Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes. Beat egg yolk and water; brush over twists. Sprinkle with a additional poppy seeds if desired.
  • Bake at 375° for 25-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Store in the refrigerator.
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