Cream Cheese & Jelly Bread Braid Recipe
|Cream Cheese & Jelly Braid
About this Recipe
By: Fast Easy Bread
Bread braids are so easy but the finished product looks like it took all day to make. This is no exception. The recipe calls for jelly but you can use almost any jam or jelly you want. Mix it up and see which one you like. One of our favorites is homemade raspberry jam (shown in image).
It is very important that you use bread flour. Do not use all-purpose flour for this recipe. You can substitute almost any sweetener for the sugar such as honey or brown sugar at a 1:1 ratio. The Saf-Instant Premium Yeast and the Liquid Soy Lecithin can be purchased in the Homemade Bread Bundle or the Homemade Pizza Bundle.
Filling: You may want to mix up the cream cheese to soften it and make it easier to spread.
Step by Step Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and mix dry ingredients. (yeast is a dry ingredient)
To avoid a mess, make 2 dimples in dry ingredients with tsp. Squeeze the lecithin into the bottom of the dimples about the size of a quarter. Add water slowly, add 3/4 cups and then the remaining 1/4 cup. Mix for 1 minute and check consistency. The dough mixer should be sticky and pull itself off bowl.
Mix/knead in mixer on medium setting for 5 minutes or knead for 5 minutes by hand.
Spray counter and hands with cooking spray and knead for a few seconds to form smooth ball.
Roll dough into a 15-in. x 12-in. rectangle. Place on a greased cookie sheet.
Spread cream cheese lengthwise down center third of rectangle, then add the jelly or jam.
On each long side, cut 1-in.-wide strips about 2-1/2-in. into center. Starting at one end, fold alternating strips at an angle across filling.
Pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Coat with butter and sprinkle with granulated sugar.
Cover and let rise for 5 minutes then bake at 350 for 25 minutes.
Remove from oven and place on cooling rack or cutting board with 2 spatulas. Serve and enjoy!
People Who’ve Made This
“I’m no baker so if I can make this bread then anyone can do it. This is so fast and easy!”
“I love making bread, but don’t like the time involved sometimes. This stuff is great. I can’t believe I can make delicious bread in under a hour. It is also so easy to use.“
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