This savoury loaf doesn't take long to make and it's a great dish for a brunch. I had planned to take pics as I put the loaf together but hey I forgot until it was baked..I was in a rush to have it ready early. I baked it this morning and brought some to my daughter who is celebrating her b'day today! This recipe is from her collection of favorites.
Ham and Cheese Loaf
31/2 cups flour
2 tbsp yeast
2 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup water
1/4 cup prepared mustard(I used half regular and half bold n spicy)
2 tbsp butter
3 cups chopped cooked ham
1 cup grated swiss cheese
3/4 cup diced dill pickles
1 egg lightly beaten, to brush on loaf just before baking
Reserve 1 cup flour. Mix remaining flour, yeast, sugar and salt in large bowl. In separate bowl microwave water, mustard and butter until very warm. Stir warm liquid into dry ingredients. Mix in enough of the reserved 1 cup flour to make a soft dough that does not stick to bowl. Knead until smooth and elastic approx 4 to 5 min.
Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
To fill and shape dough...roll dough to approx 15 by 10" rectangle. Place on greased baking sheet.
Sprinkle ham, cheese and pickles over the centre third of rectangle. With a sharp knife make 1" cuts from filling to dough edges on each side of the filling. Alternate sides, fold strips of dough at an angle across filling.
Cover and let rise in warm place until double in size, approx 30 min. Brush loaf with beaten egg.
Bake at 375 for 35 min.