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Cranberry and Cream Cheese Filling Bread

Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Servings: 2 loaves
Author: Joanna Cismaru

Ingredients

For dough

  • 1 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup of sugar + 1 tbsp for yeast mixture
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk warm
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 stick of butter 1/2 cup, melted
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 to 5 cups of flour

Cream cheese filling

Cranberry filling

  • 2 cups cranberries washed
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch

Egg wash

  • 1 egg beaten

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, add the warm milk, the yeast and 1 tablespoon of sugar, mix well. Add 2 cups of the flour to this and using a whisk whisk it all together. Let this rest in a warm spot for about 1/2 hour. If the yeast is good it should rise.
  • After the dough starter has doubled in size, add it to the bowl of your mixer. To this add the eggs, salt, sugar and melted butter. Mix on medium for a minute until all the ingredients are well incorporated. Start adding the remaining flour. In the ingredients list, I said 4 to 5 cups, so the dough should be soft, and just a bit sticky. Knead the dough by mixer using the dough attachment for about 5 minutes.
  • Form the dough into a ball and let it rise until doubled in size. I used the same mixing bowl to let it sit and rise, but make sure you cover it up with some plastic wrap. It should take about 2 hours for it to double in size.
  • In a mixer just add all the ingredients and mix them for a couple minutes. In a sauce pan add all the ingredients for the cranberry filling and over medium heat cook for a few minutes, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens.
  • Preheat oven to 375 F degrees.
  • After the dough has doubled, divide the dough into 2 equal pieces. This recipe will make two loaves. Lightly flour your work surface. Take one half and roll it out into a rectangle that’s about 12 inches x 18 inches.
  • Visually divide the length of the dough into 3 equal parts. The middle part is where our fillings will go. So using a pizza cutter or knife, cut the dough into slice on each outside tab, making equal slits on each side.
  • Place 1/2 of the cream cheese filling evenly over the uncut center of the dough and repeat with 1/2 of the cranberry mixture.
  • Alternating from side to side, fold the cut pieces over the middle part. You might have to stretch them a bit so you can pinch them over to the other side.
  • Repeat with the other half of the dough. Place these breads on an ungreased baking sheet. Let them rest for another half hour, they will just rise a bit more then brush them with the egg wash.
  • Bake them in a preheated oven at 375 F degrees for about 35 to 40 minutes or until nice and golden brown.