If something is a hit with Kayla, then we know we've HIT a jackpot! Seriously, she is the reason I cook two meals almost every night. I tried this tonight, not even expecting her to try it. I was just making it for the boys and me. She was so amazed by how "pretty" it was that she said she had to try it. Guess what??? SHE LOVED IT!!! VICTORY IS MINE!!!
I found this recipe at Rad Recipes and she found it at Fabulessly Frugal. Be sure to check them both out! They have some great ideas.
You can click on either link to check out this recipe, step-by-step, or I have posted the recipe, which I altered a little bit, here for you to see.
For Ham & Cheese Braids You Need:
3 loaves of Rhodes White Bread Dough
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 lbs. thinly sliced ham
6 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Roll bread dough into rectangle approx. 1/2 inch thick. Lay dough on tin foil lined cookie sheet. Brush dough with butter. Layer 3/4 lb. ham on dough and top with 2 cups cheese. (Only use the middle third of the bread for this.)
Cut strips along each side of dough in equal numbers. Starting at one end, criss cross dough and press ends to sides of loaf. Do this until entire loaf is "braided." Brush remaining butter over top of dough. Wrap up and freeze loaf.
To Cook Loaf:
Take from freezer and let thaw in refrigerator overnight. Take out of refrigerator about 2 hours before cooking time and let it finish raising on counter. Bake in a 350degree oven for 20 - 25 minutes, or until bread is golden brown and cheese is bubbly.
The ingredients in this recipe will make 3 loaves, so split the ingredients accordingly.