Bacon Cheeseburger Braid

Bacon, beef, mayo, and cheese wrapped up into homemade bread, no wonder this is the first entree to EVER get a “10” rating by Mark. He LOVED it! Christopher and I did too, but we did not show the leftovers off at work the next day.

It is a bit of work (making homemade bread always is) but it is WELL worth it. It is so tasty. I hope to make this for another special occasion some time! (Mark does too)

Bread (or use 1 loaf dough’s worth of your favorite bread dough)

3+ cups whole wheat flour (I used freshly ground, otherwise it is bitter)
1 cup hot water (no hotter then about 110)
1 t salt
3 T honey
3 T olive oil
1 egg
Sesame Seeds (optional)
1 egg white whisked with a teaspoon of water. (optional)

Filling

4 strips of uncured bacon, chopped
1/2 c. red onion, chopped

1 lb beef (preferably pastured)
3 T relish, or chopped pickle
1 t stone ground mustard
1/3 cup mayonnaise, preferably homemade (Here is a recipe similar to what I use. I use half melted butter and half EVOO though)
1 clove garlic, minced

4 oz cheese

TO PREPARE THE BREAD

1. Mix the hot water (not more then 110 degrees), yeast, and one cup whole wheat flour.

2. Let sit for about 10 minutes to get bubbly.

3. Mix together the egg, honey, oil, and salt and add to the wheat mixture.

4. Stir in 1 1/2 cup flour.

5. Using the dough hook, and setting two on your stand mixer start kneading the dough.

6. Add flour, no more then 1/2 cup at a time (then go down to about 1/4 cup after the first 1/2 cup), until the you have a soft dough, or until it starts clinging to the hook and leaving the side of the bowl.

7. Knead in the machine on setting 2 for 10 -12 minutes, or by hand for 16-18, until the dough is nice and smooth.

8. Put the dough into an oiled bowl, turning to cut all sides.

9. Cover loosely and let rest while you prepare the filling.

TO PREPARE THE FILLING

1. Cook the bacon and onion over medium heat until the bacon is crispy.

2. Add the beef, relish, mustard, and garlic and brown the beef.

3. Set the meat mixture aside

4. When much cooler add the mayonnaise.

ASSEMBLING


1. Lay down either a sheet of parchment paper or aluminum foil about the length of a sheet pan.

2. Oil the paper, or foil, and sprinkle the paper and surrounding area with flour. I use white flour for this.

3. On the prepared paper, or foil, roll out the bread the length of the paper and wide enough to hang off either side. The dough will be about twice as long as wide.

I revised the recipe to have a little less dough.

4. Spread the meat mixture over the center third of the bread dough.

5. Top the meat mixture with the grated cheese.

6. On each side of the meat mixture, cut the bread in about 1 1/2- 2″ wide strips.

7. Alternating sides fold the strips of bread dough over the meat mixture.

8. Brush the top of the bread with egg white and water mixture (called egg wash) and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

9. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

10. Let the bread sit until nice and “fluffy”, about 30 minutes.

11. Drag the foil or parchment paper with the braid onto a sheet pan.

12. Bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes until the outside is NICE and golden brown.

13. ENJOY!

The filling spilled out a bit, but BOY was it good.

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