Friday, May 14, 2010

Day 133: Strawberry Breakfast Braid

We have another glorious day on tap, and I'm anxious to finish planting my garden!  So here is today's recipe.  It is a favorite at my house.  I get up early on Christmas morning to make this, and my kids love it as an after school snack!

Strawberry Breakfast Braid
14" dutch oven

1 loaf of you favorite bread dough (Rhoade's works great!)
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 jar strawberry jam

Roll the bread dough into a 10 x 14 rectangle.  Along each long side, cut strips 1" wide and about 1/3 of the way into the dough.  (See picture)  Mix the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla.  Spread down the center of the dough.  Spoon the jam over the cream cheese.  Now fold the strips over the filling, alternating sides to form a braid.  Try to enclose as much of the filling as you can so it won't leak out during baking.  Pinch the ends closed.  Transfer to your dutch oven and allow to rise for 25 minutes.  Bake at 350* for 25 minutes or until golden brown.  Use 16 coals on top and 12 on the bottom.  Serves 6-8.

The Finished Product

The Review

These are really good.  You can make them with any kind of jam you want.  Homemade strawberry and apricot are our favorites.  You could also use pie filling in place of the jam.  This is something we make all the time because it is so easy.  Remember to roll the dough out onto a piece of parchment paper that has been cut to fit the bottom of your DO.  Not only does it make transferring the braid to the pan easier, but it serves as a guide for size.  Grade A.


  1. Toni, Looking forward to seeing the pics later this afternoon! Don't forget its super easy to bake breads and other things on the lid turned upside down using the pot as the lid. It makes removal super easy! Just use a pair of gloves to carefully lift the pot off the lid.

  2. Great idea. I'm going to try this one again just to bake it on the lid!

  3. Have you tried making this with a 1Lb slab of artisen Bread in 5?

  4. I haven't tried any of the artisen breads. I need to get the book and try them. They are pretty highly recommended.


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