Italian Bread Ring

Mama Mia! You must make this flavorful ring shaped bread soon!

2 Tbsp sesame seeds
4 l/2 to 5 1/4 C unbleached white flour
1/4 C granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 pkg active dry yeast
1 C water
1 C skim milk
1/3 C margarine
2 eggs (optional)

1 C grated mozzarella cheese
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 C margarine

Generously grease a 10" Bundt pan and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

In a large bowl, combine 1 1/2 C flour, sugar, salt, and yeast. Set aside.

In a small saucepan, heat water, milk, and 1/3 C margarine until very warm (120° to 130° F). Remove from heat and add to flour mixture. Stir, Add eggs. Beat dough for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in enough flour to form a stiff batter.

In a small bowl, combine mozzarella cheese, seasonings, and 1/4 C margarine. Mix well.

Spoon half of batter into prepared Bundt pan. With fingers spread cheese filling evenly over batter to within 1/2" of sides of pan. Spoon remaining batter over filling. Cover and let rise till doubled (about 30 minutes). Bake at 350° F for 30 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Turn out onto cooling rack.

Servings: 25

Submitted by Debby Shabo Wade 

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