Stuffed Bread Braid

I made this with pepperoni & mozzarella cheese then sprinkled a little Parmesan on top. It was a hit & done in under an hour!

3-1/4 c all-purpose white flour
1 T white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 t Rapid Rise yeast (1 package)
1 c warm water
1 T butter, melted
1/4 c Pizza or Spaghetti Sauce
8 oz. Pepperoni, italian sausage, or any other combination of meat you would like
4 oz. shredded mozzarella
1 egg, beaten
1/2 t garlic salt
1 T shredded Parmesan

  1. Pre-heat your oven to the lowest temperature possible then turn off & crack door.
  2. In a stand mixer, mix 2-1/4 cups of the flour with the sugar, salt, and yeast.
  3. Attach the flat mixing blade & stir in the warm water and margarine.
  4. Mix in only enough of the remaining 1 cup flour to make a soft dough.
  5. Attach dough hook and knead for 4 minutes.
  6. On a greased baking sheet, roll or press the dough to a rectangle of 10 inches by 14 inches.
  7. Spread sauce down the center third of the dough.
  8. Top with a layer of pepperoni and cheese.
  9. Make slices in the dough from the filling to the dough edges at 1-inch intervals.
  10. Fold the dough strips at an angle over the filling, alternating sides for a braided look.
  11. Brush the top with the egg white and sprinkle with the garlic salt & Parmesan cheese.
  12. Place loaf in warmed oven 15 minutes.
  13. Remove dough from oven & preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  14. Bake for 18-25 minutes or until done.
  15. Cool slightly before serving.
  16. Serve slices with more spaghetti sauce for dipping.