Braided Bread with Pesto
This braided bread is beautiful and full of flavor. I've made it with several different fillings. It is crispy and flaky on the outside and filled with pesto on the inside.
If using store-bought pesto, use 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons.
Substitute Cheddar cheese for Parmesan if preferred. You can use pine nuts instead of walnuts.
Be creative with the filling. Finely chopped raw or sauteed onions, bell peppers, spinach, mushrooms, cilantro, parsley, jalapenos, and broccoli work well. Drain any excess moisture. If the filling is too wet, the bread will not rise.