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Oven baked bread

Saint Christine’s Oven-Baked Bread

Oven baked breadServes: 6
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Preheat oven: 350º F


1 pound frozen bread dough, thawed to room temperature (It may take a couple of hours to thaw completely enough to roll out.)

1 (4-ounce) tub garlic herb cheese spread, such as allouette or boursin cheese

1 egg white

1 tablespoon sesame seed (optional)


Place the dough on a greased baking sheet. Roll the dough into a large rectangle (about 8 x 14 inches). Spread the cheese over the dough. Taking the long edge of the dough, roll over onto itself. Keep rolling until you meet the other side of the dough. When finished, the dough should form a long cylinder. Brush the outside of the dough with egg whites, then sprinkle with sesame seeds. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for about 25 minutes. Bake for 25 minutes until the bread is a golden brown.

Going Nuts in the Kitchen? Call on Saint Christine!

Saint Christine was a twelfth-century saint who suffered a grand mal seizure, and everyone thought she was dead. At her funeral Mass, she awoke and flew to the ceiling to escape the scent of human sin from the people in the church. Her sister and the priest talked her down from the ceiling, but Christine spent the rest of her life hiding in ovens and other places to escape from overpowering odors. She is now the patron saint of psychiatrists and those with mental illnesses and—more loosely interpreted—anyone going nuts in the kitchen.

Saints at the Dinner Table