Sweet Cream Braid

Makes 24
Prep 60 m
Rise 105 - 120 m
Bake 30 m

Ingredients

Dough:

Filling:

Directions

Dough:

  1. 1 of 3 In large bowl, mix 1 cup of the bread flour, 1 cup of the all-purpose flour, yeast, sugar and salt.
  2. 2 of 3 In saucepan, melt butter in water. Let cool to 120 degrees F to 130 degrees F on instant-read thermometer. Add to flour; beat with spoon until combined. Stir in eggs. Stir in remaining bread flour, then all-purpose flour, 1 cup at a time.
  3. 3 of 3 Knead dough on floured surface until smooth, 5 to 10 minutes, adding flour if needed. Place in greased bowl; turn to coat. Cover with towel. Let rise in warm place until doubled, 1 hour.

Filling:

  1. 1 of 6 In small bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, flour, egg, vanilla and nutmeg until smooth. Set aside.
  2. 2 of 6 Punch down dough; let rest 5 minutes.
  3. 3 of 6 Divide dough in half. Cover one half. Divide remaining half into thirds. Roll out a third into 15 x 5-inch rectangle. Spread with 3 tablespoons filling. Roll up from long side. Repeat with remaining 2 pieces.
  4. 4 of 6 Lightly coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray. Braid 3 ropes together. Tuck ends under. Place on baking sheets. Cover loosely with plastic.
  5. 5 of 6 Repeat with other half of dough for second loaf. Cover; let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  6. 6 of 6 Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Uncover loaves. Brush with lightly beaten egg. Bake at 375 degrees F for 30 minutes or until loaves sound hollow when tapped. Cool on rack. Makes 2 loaves (12 slices each).
Nutrition Information for Sweet Cream Braid
Servings Per Recipe: 24
Per Serving: 1 g fiber, 5 g pro., 168 kcal cal., 180 mg sodium, 3 g sat. fat, 57 mg chol., 6 g Fat, total, 24 g carb.