Monday, October 21, 2013

Breakfast Braid- Remade

This had been a family favorite for quite a while when I made the decision to get serious about my health. It was one of the things that had to go. Not that it was necessarily all that bad, but in trying to stay away from as much processed crap as we could, I didn't like using the store bought pizza dough in a can and the regular old greasy sausage. So, those were the most important changes that were made, as well as cutting down on the cheese. And guess what? It is still delicious!

Mr and I had just gotten home from camping overnight and we were staaaarving, so I rolled up my sleeves and jumped right in. I also used it as a great learning experience to teach my middle daughter, L, how to make this from scratch. I made one to show her how to do it, and then I let her make one all by herself. She did AWESOME! I'm so proud of her. :)
Cooking with kids
You Will Need:

For the dough:
  • 2 and 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 Tbsp Raw Honey
  • 1 cup warm water 
  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (or olive oil) 
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
For the Filling:
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 package ground turkey sausage
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup Mexican blend cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, place your warm water, honey, and yeast and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes to proof.
  3. Add in your flour, garlic powder, Italian seasoning and oil. Mix until combined and then give the dough a quick knead while it's in the bowl. Cover with a damp towel and place in an area free of drafts until you are finished cooking the filling.
  4. In a large pan over medium heat, cook your onions for just a couple minutes. Add the ground turkey sausage and continue cooking until the sausage is cooked through. Add your eggs, mix together, and cook til eggs are done.
  5. Place the dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet and roll out into a long rectangle. (about 10x15)
  6. Sprinkle half of the cheese down the middle of the rectangle, lengthwise.Then add your egg and sausage mixture on top of that, followed by the remaining half of cheese.
  7. Along both sides of the dough lengthwise, cut strips an inch part, horizontally. It should look like the long sides of your dough has thick fringe like a blanket.
  8. Gently fold the strips over, alternating sides like you are braiding. (hence the name, yes?)
  9. Fold and press both short ends under to seal. Spray the top with nonstick cooking spray, sprinkle with a tiny bit a Parmesan Cheese and bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
  10. When it is done baking, if the crust seems a little hard, don't fear! Simply throw a piece of tin foil over the top and gently mold the foil around the breakfast braid. Let it sit for 5 minutes or so and it will be perfectly soft when you remove it. 
  11. Slice that bad mamma jamma up and eat!

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