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Braided Athenian Bread

Braided Athenian Bread

This recipe has a Greek influence and makes a beautiful addition to your table both in taste and beauty.



  1. Spray counter lightly with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Roll loaf or combined dinner rolls into a 10 x1 6-inch rectangle.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 10-15 minutes.
  4. In a bowl, combine garlic, olives, parsley, capers, tomatoes, sour cream and pepper.
  5. Remove wrap from dough and spread filling lengthwise in a 4-inch strip down center of dough.
  6. Sprinkle filling with parmesan cheese.
  7. Make cuts 1 1/2-inches apart on long sides of dough to within 1/2-inch of filling.
  8. Begin braid by folding top and bottom strips toward filling.
  9. Then braid strips left over right, right over left. Finish by pulling last strip over and tucking under braid.
  10. Lift braid with both hands and place on a large, sprayed baking sheet.
  11. Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with poppy seeds. Cover with sprayed plastic wrap and let rise for 30 minutes.
  12. Remove wrap and bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  13. Cool slightly and slice to serve.

Prep Time: 15 min (not including thaw time)
Bake Time: 25-30 min
Servings: 12
Skills: Intermediate

Recipe and photo credit: Rhodes International -


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