Prep 2 hrs
Cook 30 mins
These rich yeast loaves have a surprise inside. Each strip of dough is stuffed with a sweet cream cheese filling before being braided together.
- 2 cups bread flour
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 (1/4 ounce) envelope active dry yeast
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 cup unsalted butter, cut up
- 1 cup water
- 3 large eggs, slightly beaten
- 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 large egg, slightly beaten
- DOUGH: In a 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°F to 130°F on instant-read thermometer. Add to flour; beat with spoon until combined. Stir in eggs. Stir in remaining bread flour, and 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 a 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 wrap.
- Repeat with other half of dough for second loaf. Cover; let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
- Heat oven to 375°F Uncover loaves. Brush with egg glaze.
- Bake in 375°F oven for 30 minutes or until loaves sound hollow when tapped. Transfer to rack; cool.