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Cheddar Cheese Pretzel Bread

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Active Time:  30 Minutes
Total Time:  3 Hours 25 Minutes
  Makes 1 loaf (20 servings)
This giant twist is for those who are fans of soft pretzels. Rather than shaping the dough into individual portions, it is rolled in a thick rope and formed into one oversized knot. Slice and serve with sausages and a good cold beer.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
4-5 cups all-purpose flour
1 package active dry yeast
1 egg
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (8 ounces)
1 1/4 cups warm water (120 -130 degrees F)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning, crushed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 slightly beaten egg white
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon coarse salt (optional)
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DIRECTIONS
In a small skillet cook onion in hot butter or margarine till tender but not brown, about 7 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.


In a large mixing bowl stir together 1 1/2 cups of the flour and the yeast. Add cooked onion, egg, cheese, 1 1/4 cups warm water, sugar, Italian seasoning, and salt. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can.


Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough of the remaining flour to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic (6-8 minutes total). Shape into a ball. Place in a lightly greased bowl; turn once. Cover and let rise in a warm place till double (1-1 1/4 hours). Punch dough down. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and let rest for 10 minutes.


Lightly grease a baking sheet. Roll dough into a 48-inch-long rope. On the baking sheet form the rope into a large pretzel shape by crossing one end over the other to form a circle, overlapping about 12 inches from each end. Take one end in each hand and twist once at the point where the dough overlaps. Lift each end across to the edge of the circle opposite. Moisten the ends and tuck underneath; press to seal. Cover and let rise in a warm place till nearly double (about 45 minutes). Stir together egg white and 1 tablespoon water; brush onto bread. If desired, sprinkle lightly with coarse salt.


Bake in a preheated 375 degrees F oven for 40-45 minutes, or till bread is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped. If necessary, cover loosely with foil the last 20 minutes of baking to prevent overbrowning. Remove from pan; cool completely on a wire rack.


Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Makes 1 loaf (20 servings)
Calories: 151
Fat. Total: 5g
Fiber: 1g
Carbohydrates, Total: 20g
Sodium: 135mg
% Cal. from Fat: 30%
Cholesterol: 24mg
Protein: 6g
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