Lemon Cream Cheese Braid Images and recipe adapted from Cookies & Cups Lemon Cream Cheese Braid

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Details

Difficulty

Moderate

Yield

10 servings

Prep Time

01 hours 15 minutes

Bake Time

20 minutes

Ingredients


  • 2 3/4 - 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 (2-1/4 tsp.) package Fleischmann's® RapidRise Yeast
  • 3/4 cup powdererd sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, cut into pieces
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Lemon Glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

Directions


Using a large bowl of your stand mixer, mix together dry yeast, salt and 3/4 cup flour.  In a microwave safe bowl heat milk, sugar and butter to very warm (120°F to 130°F). Add warm milk mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until moistened. Add the egg, lemon zest, vanilla and continue mixing until smooth. Add in 2 cups flour and mix until a soft dough form. If needed, add the remaining 1/4 cup flour. The dough should not be sticky.

Using a dough hook, mix the dough for 6 minutes on medium-low speed. Alternately, you can knead the dough by hand for 6 to 8 minutes until smooth and elastic. Cover the dough with a clean dish towel and allow it to rest for 10 minutes.

In a clean medium sized bowl, mix together the cream cheese, lemon juice and powder sugar until creamy and smooth. Set aside.

On a lightly floured surface roll dough out until it's approximately 17x10 inches. Transfer the dough to a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread the cream cheese mixture down the middle of the dough, long-wise, creating a strip that's approximately 4-inches in diameter. Using a knife, or kitchen shears, cut the dough into 1-inch strips on each side of the dough, just to the edge of the filling. Alternate cut strips from side to side, starting at the top, folding the strips in a overlapping braid pattern.

Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place 45 to 60 minutes or until doubled in size. Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

Instructions for Glaze:

In a medium bowl whisk together powdered sugar, lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of milk until smooth. Drizzle on top of the crisscross. Serve warm or at room temperature.