Savory Breakfast Braid

Savory Breakfast Braid :: Five Little Homesteaders

You all know that I try to make as much of our food from scratch, with natural, wholesome ingredients, as I can.  During the holiday season this can be difficult (especially when you add a newborn into the equation!).  Time is short, schedules are busy, guests are visiting and things fall through the cracks.  However, I’m determined to keep up with our healthy eating habits during this holiday season.

That’s why I created this recipe for a Savory Breakfast Braid – hopefully you’ll find it useful too.  It is filled with a delicious blend of breakfast ingredients including: smoked gouda cheese - , eggs, spinach, and caramelized onions and the crust is made with whole wheat flour.

Savory Breakfast Braid :: Five Little Homesteaders

My recipe was inspired by delicious Arla Dofino Smoked Gouda Cheese - . (Click here for a $1.00 off coupon for any Arla Dofino cheese!)  I appreciate that Arla Dofino cheeses are free of added hormones and preservatives.  Smoked gouda is my husband’s favorite cheese. We bought several blocks of cheese to make an appetizer plate on Thanksgiving and we were left with some smoked gouda so I wanted to make a special breakfast the next day and thus the Savory Breakfast Braid was born.

The great thing about this recipe is that it makes a pretty large portion, which can be used to entertain a number of guests for breakfast or it can be wrapped in individual portions and reheated in the oven for a week’s worth of healthy, delicious and easy breakfasts.

Savory Breakfast Braid



  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 2 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar


  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1-2 cups packed spinach
  • 1-2 cups smoked gouda cheese - , shredded (click  here - for a $1.00 off coupon)
  • 1 egg
  • salt, to taste


Make the Dough

1.  Pour the warm water into a large bowl, mix in the sugar and sprinkle the yeast on top of the water/sugar mixture.  Leave to sit for 10 minutes (this allows the yeast to proof).

2.  Once the yeast has proofed, mix in the remaining ingredients (save 1/2 cup of flour) until you have a shaggy dough.

3.  Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth.  Incorporate the remaining half cup of flour until the dough is no longer sticky.

4.  Place in a well oiled bowl, in a warm spot, to rise for 30 minutes.

Savory Breakfast Braid :: Five Little Homesteaders

Make the Filling

1.  Slice the onions into thin slices.

2.  Melt 1 tbsp butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.

3.  Turn the heat up slightly and add onion to the pan.

4.  Let cook, stirring every so often until the onions turn dark brown.  Sprinkle with the sugar so that they caramelize.

5.  Add spinach and stir gently until wilted.

Savory Breakfast Braid :: Five Little Homesteaders

6.  Scoop veggies into a separate bowl and set aside.

7.  Melt remaining tbsp of butter in the pan and add eggs.  Salt to taste.

8.  Cook eggs until almost done.  Add veggies to the egg and stir gently.  (Eggs should not be completely cooked, as they will finish cooking in the oven.)


Savory Breakfast Braid :: Five Little Homesteaders

1.  Roll dough out into a (roughly) 12×15 rectangle on a lightly floured surface or on parchment paper, if you have it.

2.  Place veggie/egg mixture down the center of the dough.

3.  Sprinkle with shredded smoked gouda cheese - .

4.  Using a pizza cutter, slice 1 inch strips in the side of the dough (see picture above).

5.  “Braid” the dough by placing the strips one on top of the other.

Savory Breakfast Braid :: Five Little Homesteaders

6.  Transfer completed braid to a cookie sheet and brush with lightly beaten egg.

7.  Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.  Slice and serve warm.

Savory Breakfast Braid :: Five Little Homesteaders

My husband and I really enjoy this dish.  It is also highly customizable!  I make an egg and cheese one for the kids and they love it.

Want some good news?!  In addition to sharing this delicious recipe, I’m also working with Arla Dofino - to giveaway a Happy Havarti Holidays Breakfast Prize Pack - .  Keep reading to learn more.

In case you were wondering, Arla Dofino is available in a variety of retail stores nationwide.  Find Arla Dofino in the deli section (not the dairy section) of most stores.  And if you haven’t yet, click here to print out your $1.00 off coupon! 

Happy Havarti Holidays Breakfast Prize Pack Giveaway

Happy Havarti Holidays Giveaway :: Five Little Homesteaders

I’m so excited to bring you this giveaway!  We’re giving away:

  • Crate & Barrel mixing bowl
  • Anthropologie whisk
  • Crate & Barrel cheese grater
  • A coupon for one free Arla Dofino product
  • Set of Arla Dofino recipe cards

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Visit the Happy Havarti Holidays Breakfast Prize Pack Giveaway Pinterest Page and follow all the boards.
  2. Go to the Happy Havarti Holidays board and select your favorite breakfast recipe.
  3. Copy the link to the recipe and paste it into the comments section below.  Let me know why you picked this recipe.
  4. Record your entries in the rafflecopter widget below.

Winner will be chosen through rafflecopter using on December 17th.  Winner will be notified via email and have 24 hours to respond.  Giveaway open to US residents only.  Prize will be shipped directly to winner by Arla Dofino.  

a Rafflecopter giveaway -

Today’s post is sponsored by Arla Dofino, but the recipe and my love for their naturally delicious cheese is all my own!

Savory Breakfast Braid :: Five Little Homesteaders

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  1. wow!! that looks SOOO good! I love fancy bread like that ;o)

  2. Shelly Honn says: -
    I love cheese, mushrooms and grilled sandwiches so it’s a win win!!

  3. Lori Johnson says:

    I chose the Havarti and Ham Waffle Sandwich, - , because I love waffles but want to reduce the amount of sugar in my diet. This savory dish sounds like a perfect breakfast or brunch.

  4. Molly Goodman says:

    The gouda skillet pasta sounds amazing. The link through Pinterest took me to a page where I needed to search for it, but I found it and really want to try. -

  5. Stephanie W says:

    I would love to try the Ham & Havarti Waffles. It looks delicious! -

  6. I would love to try the Three Havarti Grilled Cheese Recipes because I love grilled cheese sandwiches! -

  7. freespiritczs/cindyzs says: -
    chose because sounds so good!! yummmmm :)

  8. -
    A grilled cheese sandwhich with BEETS?!?!!?!?!
    I think I might have to try this now. Beets are great for detoxing the liver and, well, I kinda went over board this holiday weekend….whoops!

  9. This gouda and bacon puff recipe looks delicious! We love gouda and would definitely enjoy this for breakfast! -

  10. Joanne Keith says:

    The Savory Breakfast braid looks amazing

  11. the ham waffle sandwich looks great

    • Here my link: -

  12. -
    Everything is Great with Bacon…
    Congrat’s on your new addition…She’s So Cute !

  13. Mary Beth Elderton says: -’s Chicken Fajitas with Gouda Cheese…not everyone’s idea of breakfast. But as a Tex Mex lover, this would make a great breakfast! Your Breakfast Braid looks wonderful! I pinned it for a beautiful holiday dish.

  14. Christopher Sorel says:

    mushroom meatball bacon heros -

  15. Jeannette Olton says: -

    Cheese and bacon sandwich! I mean, what’s not to love?…cheese, bacon, bread….YUM!

  16. -

    Firehouse Chili with Cornbread & Arla® Dofino® Havarti Crust – Looks delish, especially on a cold day!

  17. Debi Beeuwsaert says: - I love grilled ham and cheese sandwiches, so this is a nice different take on it – the Ham waffle sandwich.

    BTW, the baby is adorable.

  18. carol clark says: - this looks delicious

  19. Christine says: -
    Grilled gouda, peaches and bacon on pretzel bread. YUM!

  20. -

    This meal takes two of my fave foods bacon and cheese and puts them together!! What’s not to love

  21. The ham and havarti tart would definitely be good breakfast fare around here. Love your breakfast braid too!

  22. Jessica T says: - Beets on a grilled cheese? I’d love to try that one! Never would have thought to pair that up with arugula and goat cheese!

  23. That really looks awesome and I bet smells wonderful! Might just have to try it for the holidays!! Thanks for the opportunity to win your give away…Happiest of Holidays!! Geri

  24. I will most definitely be making this, it looks yummy! -

  25. Melissa K. says:

    I chose - Mushroom Meatball and Bacon Hero with Melted Creamy Havarti Slices because I’m pregnant and hungry and it looks so good!

  26. I love Gouda! I’m pinning this recipe and think I’ll try it as part of a brunch menu. :)

  27. The Saviry Breakfast Braid. It just looks yummy. Thinking of serving it Christas morning.

  28. I’m not a big breakfast eater, but the cute fruit and cheese snacks would work for me.

  29. The Havarti and Ham Waffle sandwich looks like a fun new twist on waffles for breakfast. :)

  30. oops! Here is the link to the waffle recipe -

  31. -

    I certainly do love chili!

  32. Pamela Gurganus says:

    My favorite breakfast recipe is the Bacon Egg and Cheese Puff Shells! This recipe has all my favorite ingredients and using the puff pastry makes it so easy to put together! -

  33. My boys would love the mushroom meatballs @ -

  34. I have never seen so many grilled cheese options. I know it’s not a breakfast one, but this one looks tasty to me….even at 9 in the morning! :p–tomato-sandwiches-on-cranberry-bread/ -

  35. -
    Mmm, Mexican food, my favorite.

  36. -

    Without mac and cheese a few times a month —I would probably resort to take out somethin’orother. This looks so good, I would eat it for breakfast!

  37. The ham waffle sandwich sounds hearty and delicious. I’ll definitely have to try it. -

  38. I think my favorite recipe for breakfast is this []. While Croque Monsieur is not normally breakfast, it has the elements that I want in breakfast: flaky croissant, buttery cheese, and ham. If someone offered this to me for breakfast, I would not say no.

  39. - Because I love mushrooms and cheese!

  40. Favorite recipe is -
    This looks really easy and who doesn’t love grilled cheese sandwiches, especially with Havarti?

  41. I chose the meatballs cause we like meatballs. this is a perfect time to try some different ones. - thank you.

  42. -
    Mushroom Meatball and Bacon Hero with Melted Creamy Havarti Slices looks heavenly and you can’t go wrong with Bacon :)

  43. Melody Green says:

    The Havarti & Ham Waffle Sandwich

    It looks so good!

  44. Connie Meyer says: -
    I am a huge fan of polenta and a good polenta dish just isn’t a good polenta dish without a great tasting cheese.

  45. This looks wonderful. I would have never thought to combine bacon and custard. -

  46. The chili cheese chicken dip sounds amazing. We love dips! :)

  47. Hmm, perhaps I should read directions more carefully! LOL. I chose off of the wrong board. Here is my fav off of the holiday board: - . The grilled cheese recipes. We have grilled cheese often so variety is great.

  48. Love the flatbread pizza recipes. -

  49. I chose the Cremini Capped Broccoli Omelet with Fontina Sauce for breakfast. What isn’t there to like? Cremini mushroom, broccoli, egg and what sounds like an incredible fontina sauce. Can I have breakfast for dinner?

  50. Oops I forgot the link -

    I chose the Cremini Capped Broccoli Omelet with Fontina Sauce for breakfast. What isn’t there to like? Cremini mushroom, broccoli, egg and what sounds like an incredible fontina sauce. Can I have breakfast for dinner?

  51. For the family, nothing is better than cheese and bread…

  52. -
    The Havarti & ham waffles sandwich sounds delicious.

  53. A new twist on the BLT - Yum!

  54. I like Bacon and Cheese recipe because we like bacon and cheese! Can’t list the link because I am not on Pinterest.

  55. Christina B. says: -

    It’s a Broccoli Omelette with Mushrooms… Everybody is happy with this one because I love broccoli and my kids love mushrooms.

  56. Biscuits with eggs, ham and Navarati cheese.–ham/ -
    My families favorite breakfast is egg, ham and cheese biscuits (could be because they grew up in the south).

  57. Elizabeth G. says:

    The Havarti & Ham Waffle Sandwich is so easy and looks delicious! -

  58. Alesia P. says:

    Every Christmas Eve we have a appetizer feast and these look delicious and would be perfect! -

  59. I’d pick the Havarti and ham tart because around here we love anything ham! Thank you! -

  60. -

    You had me at BACON!!! 😉

  61. Three Havarti Grilled Cheese Recipes sounds amazing and so simple always love to find different ways to make a grilled cheese which is a true comfort food for me. Great giveaway! -

  62. I love the sound of the gouda pasta.

  63. Terressa Ferguson Zook says: - I have to have this for breakfast A.S.A.P. So delicious and easy looking. Thank you for the chance to win.

  64. Kim Campbell says:

    Totally want to try the Ham and Havarti Waffle Sandwich!!! the - The best of everything breakfast has to offer: Waffles and Ham plus CHEESE! And I love Gouda!

  65. The Gouda pasta sounds amazing both for the adults and kiddos in our family!

  66. -

    This looks yummy! I love easy pasta meals for the family!

  67. I picked the Havarti and Ham waffle sandwich because I have homemade frozen gluten-free waffles that would work perfect for it! -

  68. A. States says:

    Meatballs in cream sauce -

  69. - – Oh joy! I would eat this morning, noon, and night!

  70. Catherine Griffice says: - This is amazing.

  71. Gouda grilled cheese sounds heavenly

    • (forgot the link! - )

  72. -
    Ham & waffle sandwich! It’s portable, delicious, and fun!

  73. Kimberly Shaver says:

    Greek style mac and cheese. I am not a breakfast food type person.

  74. The Flatbread of Fall Vegetables and Warm Arla Dofino Creamy Havarti sounds and looks awesome! -

  75. I”d love to try the Ham and Havarti Waffle Sandwich recipe. My whole family would enjoy this, I love how easy it is to make and that it’s convenient to eat in the car. -

  76. -
    the ingredients sound so good in this recipe and the picture is appetizing!!

  77. Jennifer M says: -
    Love cheese…love ham….love broccoli.

  78. -
    I would tear up a bowl of Firehouse Chili with Cornbread and Havarti Crust!!

  79. Kimberly Shaver says: -

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