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Braided Sandwich Ring

from Red Star Yeast

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons Red Star active Active Dry Yeast

For the glaze:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoons sesame seeds or poppy seeds

For the filling (suggestions):

  • Mayo
  • Mustard
  • Thinly sliced deli meats
  • Cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Olives

Instructions

  1. Combine yeast, 2 cups flour, salt and sugar. Heat buttermilk to 120-130F.

Hand-Held Mixer Method

  1. Combine flour mixture, buttermilk, 2 eggs and oil in mixing bowl on low speed. Beat 2 to 3 minutes on medium speed. By hand, stir in enough remaining flour to make a firm dough. Knead on floured surface until smooth and elastic. Place in lightly oiled bowl; turn to grease top. Cover; let rise until dough tests ripe.

Stand Mixer Method:

  1. Combine flour mixture, buttermilk, 2 eggs and oil in mixer bowl with paddle or beater 4 minutes on medium speed with paddle or beaters. Gradually add remaining flour and knead with dough hook(s) 5 to 7 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Use additional flour if necessary. Place in lightly oiled bowl; turn to grease top. Cover; let rise until dough tests ripe.

Shaping, Rising, and Baking:

  1. Punch down dough. Divide into three parts. On lightly floured surface, roll each third to a 24-inch rope. On greased cookie sheet lightly sprinkled with cornmeal, loosely braid ropes from center to ends. Shape into a circle; fasten ends by pinching dough together. Cover; let rise until indentation remains after touching. Make Egg Wash/Topping while dough is rising - combine egg and milk. Gently brush risen dough with wash. Sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds. Bake in preheated 375F oven for 25 to 35 minutes until golden brown; cool.
  2. To make sandwich ring: Using a serrated knife, slice ring crosswise to create a large sandwich. Spread bottom section with mayonnaise; arrange filling ingredients on top of mayonnaise. Spread top section with Dijon mustard; place on top of Filling. Slice into serving portions. Makes 1 ring.