Breakfast Braid

Breakfast Braid sliced on parchment

As they say, presentation is everything, and this Breakfast Braid delivers brunch-time wow. We wrapped some of our favorite breakfast foods like eggs (sunny side up!), ham, and cheese in a to-die-for homemade pizza dough.

Breakfast Braid
Makes 1(13-inch) braid
  • Dough:
  • 1½ cups warm water (105°F to 110°F)
  • 2 (0.25-ounce) packages (14 grams) active dry yeast
  • 2½ teaspoons (10 grams) granulated sugar
  • 4 cups (500 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons (6 grams) kosher salt
  • ¼ cup (56 grams) olive oil

  • Filling:
  • 5 large eggs, divided
  • 1 pound thinly sliced smoked deli ham
  • 1 (6-ounce) package sliced Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach, stems removed
  • 2 teaspoons (6 grams) black sesame seeds
  1. For dough: In a small bowl, combine 1½ cups warm water, yeast, and sugar. Let stand until mixture is foamy, about 10 minutes.
  2. In the work bowl of a food processor, place flour and salt; pulse until combined. With processor running, add yeast mixture and oil. Pulse until a ball forms. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth. Spray a large bowl with cooking spray. Place dough in bowl, turning to grease top. Loosely cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F) until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, turn out dough. Punch dough down, and gently shape into a ball. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray a large skillet with cooking spray.
  5. For filling: Heat skillet over medium-low heat. Gently crack 4 eggs into skillet; fry until yolks are set, 4 to 5 minutes.
  6. On a piece of parchment paper, roll dough into a 16x13-inch rectangle. Trim rough edges. Layer ham, cheese, and spinach lengthwise down center third of dough. Top with fried eggs. With a pizza cutter or a sharp knife, cut 3⁄4-inch diagonal strips on both sides of filling. Fold top and bottom pieces over filling, and braid strips of dough diagonally over filling, alternating left and right. Transfer to a baking sheet. Beat remaining 1 egg, and lightly brush top. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  7. Bake until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.
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