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Fondue Bread

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3 1/2 tsp white sugar2 tsp salt1 tbs active dry yeast4 cups all-purpose flour1/2 cup margarine1 cup milk1 egg1 egg yolk2 pounds Muenster cheese, shredded1 egg white, beaten2 tbs whole blanched almonds


Heat milk and butter or margarine over low heat until very warm.
Combine sugar, salt, yeast, and 1 cup of flour in a large bowl. Stir in hot milk mixture, and beat with mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. Beat in 1 more cup of flour, and continue beating for 2 more minutes. With a wooden spoon, stir in enough flour (about 2 cups) to make a soft dough.
Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for about 10 minutes, adding more flour as necessary. Cover dough with bowl, and let rest for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, shred muenster cheese. Combine with 1 egg and 1 egg yolk.
On a lightly floured surface and with a floured rolling pin, roll dough into a 24 x 6 inch rectangle. Spoon the cheese mixture into a log shape lengthwise along the dough. Fold the dough over the cheese making a 1 inch overlap, and pinch seam to seal. In a greased 9 inch round cake pan, place roll, seam side down, to make a ring. Overlap the ends, and pinch to seal. Cover with a towel. Let rest 10 minutes.
Brush loaf with egg white, and garnish with blanched almonds, if desired. Bake at 350F (175C) for 1 hour, until loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Remove bread from pan immediately. Cool for 15 minutes before slicing into wedges.