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Lemon Cheese Braid Bread

 Lemon Cheese Braid Bread
This recipe came form my mom, who is an excellent cook. It always gets rave reviews. Although fairly simple to make, when you finish you'll feel a sense of accomplishment because it tastes delicious and looks so impressive.
12-14 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • FILLING:
  • 2 packages (one 8 ounces, one 3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • ICING:
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons 2% milk

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, sugar,
  • butter, eggs, salt and 2 cups flour; beat on low speed for 3
  • minutes. Stir in enough of remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about
  • 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top.

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Lemon Cheese Braid Bread (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, beat all the filling ingredients until
  • fluffy; set aside.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; roll into a
  • 14-in. x 12-in. rectangle. Place on a greased baking sheet. Spread
  • filling down center third of rectangle. On each long side, cut
  • 1-in.-wide strips, 3-in. into center. Starting at one end, fold
  • alternating strips at an angle across filling. Seal end. Cover and
  • let rise for 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a
  • wire rack. Combine confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough milk to
  • achieve drizzling consistency; drizzle over warm bread. Yield: 12-14
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 284 calories, 13 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 80 mg cholesterol, 201 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.