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Pan de Jamón Venezolano (Venezuelan Ham Bread)

Cuisine: Venezuelan
Servings: 8 servings
Pan de Jamón is one of the foods that is never missing on Venezuelan Christmas tables. Even when we are far away from our loved ones, enjoy the true magic of the holidays with your friends, a delicious ham bread, and a refreshing Coca-Cola.

El Pan de Jamón is a bread stuffed with ham, sautéed bacon, raisins, and green olives. Some also have red bell pepper.


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  1. In the mixing bowl of a standing mixer, place the warm milk, yeast, sugar, and 2 tablespoons of flour. Stir together ingredients and let stand until yeast begins to foam.
  2. Add the remaining flour, salt, beaten eggs, and butter. Mix for 5-8 minutes on medium speed until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
  3. Place the dough in a lightly-greased glass bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise at room temperature for 20-30 minutes, or until it doubles in bulk.
  4. Punch down the dough. Lightly dust the work surface with flour. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin until you obtain a large rectangle, ¼-inch thick. If necessary, turn the dough so that you have a long edge facing you.
  5. Place the ham slices over the entire surface of the dough. Next, place cheese slices in the middle of the dough, from one end to the other. Distribute the raisins and slices of bell pepper all over.
  6. Line up the olives in a row, end-to-end, along the long edge nearest you. Tightly roll up the dough into a cylinder, starting from the long side with the olives. Lightly wet your fingers with water and moisten the edge to help seal the dough. Tuck the sides of the dough under so that the cylinder is completely sealed.
  7. Place on a lightly oiled metal tray, and using a fork, poke a few holes in the dough. Let the dough rest for about 10 minutes, and then place in a preheated 350ºF oven for 20 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven, brush with egg wash, and return to the oven for an additional 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Chef Notes

Special equipment: mixer with a dough hook

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