Today's recipe is one that you'll have to plan ahead a little bit. The dough needs to refrigerate overnight.
Stir together yeast, sugar, warm milk and 2 c. flour. Mix together and let sit 1/2 hour.
It should look like this:
Add eggs, salt, sugar and 1 c. flour. Beat till smooth. Add butter in small chunks and beat well. Add flour 1/2 c. at a time to make a dough. Then let rise until double (about 1 1/2 to 2 hours)
Deflate and refrigerate overnight. I covered with plastic wrap.
The next day make your cream cheese filling and egg glaze.
The egg glaze is just an egg and one T. milk.
For the cream cheese filling, place softened cream cheese in bowl.
Add sugar, vanilla and 2 T. of the egg glaze.
Now it's time to roll out the dough. Divide the dough into two pieces. Roll out into a rectanglish shape.
Spread out 1/2 the cream cheese mixture down the center of the dough. Then spread jam (I used my Raspberry Jam) on top of the cream cheese. Using a pizza cutter, cut one inch strips on the sides of dough at an angle.
Fold dough across and press it down.
Place it on a cookie sheet.
Brush with egg glaze.
Repeat with second half of dough. I like to wrap it in freezer paper and freeze for later. Just thaw in the fridge and bake.
Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.
Top with cream cheese frosting for extra yumminess.
Cream Cheese Braid
1 T. yeast
1 T. sugar
1 1/2 c. warm milk
2 c. flour
Mix together and let sit 1/2 hour.
1 1/2 t. salt
1/3 c. sugar
2 1/2 - 3 c. flour
1/2 c. butter or margarine, softened
Add eggs, salt, sugar and 1 c. flour. Beat till smooth. Add butter in small chunks and beat well. Add flour 1/2 c. at a time to make a dough. Let rise until double (1 1/2 - 2 hours). Deflate and refrigerate overnight.
Cream Cheese Filling:
8 oz. cream cheese
4 T. sugar
1 t. vanilla
2 T. egg glaze
1 T. milk
Divide dough into 2 pieces. Roll into a rectangle. Spread cream cheese and jam in center of dough. At an angle slice dough on sides 1" wide. Fold over pieces. Brush egg glaze on top. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.
Go here for my cream cheese frosting recipe.