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Herbed Mozzarella Round

Served warm with soup or salad, this pretty bread is hearty enough to round out a quick meal during busy holidays.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 45 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 loaf

Ingredients

  • 4-1/4 to 4-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup warm mashed potatoes (prepared with added milk and butter)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup warm whole milk (110° to 115°)
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine 3 cups flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Add potatoes and butter. Beat in warm milk until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough. Beat for 2 minutes. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 5-7 minutes. Place dough in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Punch dough down; turn onto a lightly floured surface. Roll into an 18-in. circle. Transfer to a lightly greased 14-in. pizza pan. Sprinkle cheese over center of dough to within 5-in. of edge. Sprinkle with thyme and rosemary. Bring edges of dough to center; twist to form a knot. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, combine egg and milk; brush over top. Sprinkle with poppy seeds. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 20 minutes before slicing. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 361 calories, 16g fat (10g saturated fat), 62mg cholesterol, 505mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 13g protein.

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