Recipe Challenge: Day 29 – Monte Cristo Mini Loaves

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My kids love the Hero Loaves I make, and I love changing things up. Came up with this after wanting a Monte Cristo sandwich. The variation is different, you can still pretty much add your own fillings to the bread alone and make it to your liking. Instead of making it into 1 loaf , I cut it up to 8 mini loaves. This way each of my children could make their own filling but they all cooked at the same time. Easy, and pretty pleasing to a crowd!


 3- 1/2 to 4 cups flour
2 envelopes rapid rise yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup very warm water
1/4 cup prepared mustard
2 tablespoons butter softened
9 ounces thinly sliced swiss cheese
3 cups cooked or thinly sliced ham and turkey meat
*You can mix up your own fillings
In large bowl combine 1 1/2 cups flour, undissolved yeast, sugar, and salt. Stir in warm water, mustard and butter into the flour. Stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until the dough is smooth and elastic. Cover and let rest for about 10 minutes.
On lightly floured surface , roll out the dough to a 15×10 rectangle. If you want to make the full loaf, transfer right to the greased baking sheet.(I don’t grease my sheet I sprinkle it with corn meal)
  Brush  the loaf with a layer of mayonnaise . Alternate laying down, Ham, Swiss and Turkey. With a sharp knife make cuts from the filling of dough to the edges at 1 inch intervals. Alternating sides, fold strings at an angle across the filling (your pretty much braiding) Cover and let rise in warm draft free place till doubled in size. It will take anywhere from 25-40 minutes. Do not rush this.
**If you want to make mini loaves, cut down the middle of the dough, then across to make 8 squares.Layer as directed above, and do the same folding process just make smaller cuts in the dough.
Brush egg with a slightly beaten egg white (or egg, your choice)  Bake at 375 for about 35 minutes or until done. The bread will be slightly golden brown. Move to a wire rack and let cook for about 5 minutes. Serve with favorite dipping sauces .
This was the last day of the Recipe Challenge this month! If you missed the rest of the recipes, just click on the tab at the top of the blog. And stay tuned, because I’ll be doing this again soon.

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