Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Ham and Cheese Loaf

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

Filling:
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.

11 comments:

  1. I'm sorry about the blurry pic..as I said I was in a rush and that's the best I got!

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  2. I'd love to have a piece right about now! Sounds interesting...I've never baked anything with dill pickles in it before.

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  3. I was so glad kto see another recipe and this looks so good- I didn't see any "blurryness"! I like how you cross over the top pieces. Looks very nice and tasty!

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  4. oh bettyr i can hardly believe this. i have this recipe as well and made it for our picnic and was going to post it. my is called cordon blue bread and is mixed with ham, swiss cheese and thousand island dressing........yummo
    our family is a huge fan of this!!!

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  5. Betty, this looks so good. I'm with Judy would love to be biting into a piece of that right now...

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  6. Wow. Another great looking recipe!

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  7. I've made this for our children for years. Now my newly married daughter is asking for the recipe!!! I found the original recipe in something like Ladies Home Journal or McCalls years ago!

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  8. I have made this may times and everyone loves it. I change it up a bit....ham, onions, salamie..and some cheese. Its awesome.

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  9. I just made this loaf and I have to say that it is so delicious! Thank you for the wonderful recipe. The name on this should be changed from Ham and Cheese Loaf to Spectacular Delicious Ham and Cheese Delight!

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  10. Delicious! and a huge hit with my husband too.

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  11. I made about 6 of these last week changing it up every time with different fillings. They are super easy and make a perfect gift! I delivered 2 of these to families for lunch this week. This has become a new favorite in our house. Thank you!

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