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Sunday, April 01 2012

These rich yeast loaves have a surprise inside. Each strip of dough is stuffed with a sweet cream cheese filling before being braided together.


Egg Braid
Recipe from 
Servings: 2 loaves (12 servings each)
     cups  bread flour
     cups  all-purpose flour
       envelope active dry yeast
     tablespoons  sugar
    1-1/2  teaspoons  salt
    1/4  cup  unsalted butter, cut up
     cup  water
     large  eggs, slightly beaten
     ounces  cream cheese, softened
    1/4  cup  sugar
    1/4  cup  all-purpose flour
     large  egg
     teaspoon  vanilla extract
    1/4    ground ground nutmeg
     large  egg, lightly beaten

Dough: In large bowl, mix 1 cup bread flour, 1 cup all-purpose flour, yeast, sugar and salt.

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.

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: In small bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, flour, egg, vanilla and nutmeg until smooth. Set aside.

Punch down dough; let rest 5 minutes.

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.

Lightly coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray. Braid 3 ropes. Tuck ends under. Place on baking sheet. Cover loosely with plastic.

Repeat with other half of dough for second loaf. Cover; let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Uncover loaves. Brush with egg glaze.

Bake in 375 degrees F oven for 30 minutes or until loaves sound hollow when tapped. Transfer to rack; cool.
Nutrition information
Calories 168, Total Fat 6 g, Saturated Fat 3 g, Cholesterol 57 mg, Sodium 180 mg, Carbohydrate 24 g, Fiber 1 g, Protein 5 g. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet 
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