Braided Peppery Cheese Rolls Recipe

  • 4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast, salt and pepper. In a saucepan, heat milk and butter to 120 degrees F-130 degrees F. Add to dry ingredients; beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add 1 egg and 1/2 cup flour; beat 2 minutes longer. Stir in cheese and enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a floured surface; cover and let rest for 15 minutes. Divide into 36 pieces. Shape each into a 6-in. rope. Braid three ropes together. Pinch ends to seal. Repeat with remaining dough. Place on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  4. Beat remaining egg; brush over braids. Bake at 375 degrees F for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool.