Dale Murphy Bread Recipe

This savory bread is filled with meat, cheese, herbs and olives and is perfect for a trip to the ball park. It was named for Dale Murphy, a former player for the Atlanta Braves.

Step 1

IN FOOD PROCESSOR OR mixing bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups of the bread flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Add the water, butter and egg to the yeast mixture. Process or knead, adding enough flour in 1/2-cup increments, to make a soft dough. Knead until elastic and smooth, 1 minute in a food processor or 10 minutes in a mixer or by hand. Place in oiled plastic bag or turn in greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rest 15 minutes or, if you have time, let it double. On a lightly floured board, roll the dough to a 14-by-10-inch rectangle. Place on a greased baking sheet. Spread pesto sauce down the center third of dough, lengthwise. Dot with olives, mozzarella and Garlic-and-Herb Cheese. Top with ham strips and sprinkle with peppers and sun-dried tomatoes.

Step 2

TO ENCASE FILLING, cut the unfilled dough diagonally on each side to 1-inch strips down the length of each side of the dough. Criss-cross the strips, bringing one strip over the center from one side, then a strip from the other, until the length of the filling is encased with the overlapping strips. Let double, uncovered, in a warm place for half hour. Preheat oven to 400F. Combine egg and water and brush the glaze on the loaf. Bake until done, about 25 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack before slicing. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Step 3

HOMEMADE GARLIC AND HERB CHEESE: Blend the cream cheese, butter and garlic in a food processor until smooth. Add the herbs and combine. Salt and pepper to taste. Can be made one week ahead, covered tightly, and refrigerated. Makes about 2 1/2 to 3 cups.

Things You'll Need

---------------DOUGH--------------------
  • 2 1/2c Bread flour (or more)
  • 1pk Rapid-rise yeast
  • 1tb Sugar
  • 1ts Salt
  • 2/3c Water, heated to 125F
  • 3tb Butter
  • 1 Egg
--------------FILLING-------------------
  • 1 1/2tb Italian pesto sauce
  • 1/4c Black olives, pref. Italian
  • - or Nicoise, drained,
  • - pitted and sliced
  • 3/4c Grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2c Crumbled Garlic-Herb Cheese
  • -(See below for recipe)
  • 6oz Smoked ham; cut into strips
  • 1/2c Pimento
  • -=OR=- Roasted red peppers,
  • - peeled and seeded
  • 1tb Sun-dried tomatoes (opt.)
  • - drained & chopped
---------------GLAZE--------------------
  • 1 Egg; beaten to mix
  • 1tb Water
----HOMEMADE GARLIC & HERB CHEESE--------
  • 1lb Cream cheese
  • - at room temperature
  • 1lb Butter; at room temperature
  • 4 Garlic cloves; chopped
  • 3tb Fresh chopped herbs; such as
  • -basil, chives, marjoram
  • -or thyme
  • Salt; to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • - to taste

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