Bacon Egg & Cheese Breakfast Braid

Bacon Egg & Cheese Breakfast Braid
Yields 8
Try this egg'licious crispy, crusty bread full of salty bacon, fluffy scrambled eggs, grated cheddar cheese and some sauteed peppers.
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  1. For the Dough
  2. 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  3. 2 1/2 cups bread flour
  4. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  5. 1 cup warm water
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  8. 2 teaspoons white sugar
  9. For the Filling
  10. 8 eggs, scrambled
  11. 1/2 cup of grated cheddar cheese
  12. 1 small red pepper, diced
  13. 8 slices of bacon, cooked and broken into bits
  14. Topping
  15. 1 egg for brushing
  16. sea salt for sprinkling
  1. In a large bowl combine the yeast, 2 cups of bread flour, baking powder and salt. Stir together and then add the oil and water. Use a spatula to stir until a shaggy dough has formed.
  2. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until a stiff dough has formed. Add the addition 1/2 cup flour if dough is sticky.
  3. Transfer dough to a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a clean dish cloth. Place somewhere warm and let proof for 30 minutes or until puffy and doubled in size.
  4. To assemble
  5. When the dough as proofed, turn it out onto a well floured surface, form dough into an oval shape and roll out. Place the rolled out dough onto a piece of parchment paper before assembling.
  6. Spread the scrambled eggs into a strip in the middle of the dough followed by the bacon, peppers and grated cheese.
  7. Using a pizza cutter or pastry roller- cut inch-thick strips onto either side of the filling.
  8. To "braid" the bread- overlap one strip over the other- stretching each piece to seal the the beneath it.
  9. Once the loaf is braided- brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with sea salt.
  10. Transfer the parchment onto a cookie sheet or pizza stone, and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and crisp. Cut into slices and serve warm.
  1. Saute the peppers for a few minutes in some olive oil-they would be good either way. Mushrooms would also be delicious!
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