Appetizer Bread Braided Italian Flag

Sue Freeman posted 5-5-98

Source: Pillsbury

Braided Italian Flag Bread

1 can pillsbury all ready pizza crust
3 T finely chopped roasted red bell pepper well drained
2 T purchased pesto.. well drained
2 T cream cheese with chives and onions
1 egg
1 tsp water
1 tsp sesame seed

Move oven rack to highest position and heat oven to 375.

Unroll dough on ungreased cookie sheet and press out to a 12x10 inch rectangle. (use a rolling pin it makes it a lot easier. lots easier) Cut dough into 3 strips... lenghtwise.

Spread roasted peppers to within 1/2 inch edges of one strip

Spread pesto to within 1/2 inch edges of second strip

Spread cream cheese to within 1/2 edge of third strip

In small bowl, combine egg and water, beat well. Brush long right edge of each strip lightly with egg mixture. Starting with long left edge, carefully roll each strip into long rope.

PInch edges together so they seal turning so seal side is down. From center, loosely braid ropes to each end, pinch ends to seal together. Brush with egg mixture and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Bake at 375 on highest rack in oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove bread from cookie sheet and cool for 5 minutes. Serve in fridge. easily drain pesto... heat over low heat or in micro just til warm... drain on paper towel.

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