Sunday, April 26, 2009

Spinach and Cheese Bread

http://www.cookingbread.com/recipes/cheese_bread/spinach_cheese_bread.html When I found this recipe, I knew I'd have to try it. I love bread, I love spinach and I love cheese.

1 (10-ounce) packaged frozen chopped spinach thawed
2 eggs
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 clove of garlic, minced
2 1/2 cups flour
1 envelope active dry yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
1 tablespoon butter
1 egg white
1 egg white

Drain spinach; squeeze dry. Combine with 2 eggs, feta cheese, oregano and garlic in a large bowl. Stir together and set aside. In another bowl combine 1 cup of flour, sugar and salt. In a saucepan add the water and butter. Heat to a temperature of 110 degrees. Pour into a bowl. Add the yeast and stir. Add the yeast mixture to the flour mixture. Mix for 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of flour at a time and mix for 2 minutes each time. Pour out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 4 - 6 minutes. Roll out dough into a 10 by 14 inch rectangle. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Spread spinach filling don the center third of the rectangle. Cut 1 inch strips from outer edge to filling on both sides. Fold strips alternately over filling to resemble a braid. Cover with plastic wrap for 15 minutes. Brush with beaten egg white, sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 25 minutes or till golden brown. Cool slightly before cutting.

Audrey :)

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