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Jam and Cream Cheese Braid

Don’t you just want to reach through your screen and take a bite? This is a recipe that my grandma always made on Christmas. It quickly became a favorite in our family. I mean, how can you go wrong with cream cheese filling? It was destined to be a favorite.

This recipe is really simple and it is made the night before you serve it. There is such joy in pulling something this beautiful out of the oven and knowing that the dishes are already done.

Here’s the recipe:

1/2 Cup warm water
1 package active dry yeast
2 1/2 Cups Bisquick (I told you it was simple!)
1 beaten egg
1 Tbsp sugar

Dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Combine all ingredients to make the dough for the bread part of the braid. Turn the dough onto a floured board and knead until it is no longer sticky.

Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Roll the dough into a 14″x9″ rectangle.

1 8oz package of cream cheese, softened
1/2 Cup sugar
1 Tbsp lemon juice
Combine all ingredients. Spread the filling down the middle third of the dough.

Slice the outer edges of the dough in one inch strips.

Fold the strips over the filling at an angle.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Once the braid is out of the oven, it’s time to top it with a little homemade raspberry jam.

It cooks for about 5 more minutes. Then it is the perfect golden brown, with the warm raspberry jam rolling down the sides.

I have the perfect tray for serving my jam and cheese braid. I’ve had this piece for years and I think this is the only thing I serve in it.

It’s the perfect Sunday morning treat.

Happy baking!

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  • Fern Valley Farm
    June 23, 2010

    This looks delicious,and I will be trying this recipe for sure! Especially since I have the exact same serving dish that I haven't used yet–perfect! Hope you are having a great summer!

  • Danielle
    June 23, 2010

    Oh my goodness, this looks and sounds like heaven. I'm in love with the plate and stand too 🙂 I'll definitely have to print this and make it at a later date.

  • Crafty Niche
    June 23, 2010

    Wow, that looks delicious! Do you have the recipe for the homemade jam? I will have to put thing on my things to make list for sure!

  • TheNormanFive
    June 23, 2010

    that looks soooooooooooooooo good..

  • kristincita
    June 23, 2010

    I cannot wait to try that!!!!!!!!! great pictures. i can practically smell it!

  • Meg
    June 23, 2010

    Oh my goodness, I'm drooling. I'm bookmarking this page!!! Yum.

  • Amy @ Positively Splendid
    June 24, 2010

    This makes me wish for the holidays! Our family has a recipe that has been handed down for our version of cream cheese braids. I don't know why I never think to make it this time of year!

  • skoots1mom
    June 24, 2010

    yummo! thx 4 sharing!

  • Its A Blog Party
    June 24, 2010

    Yummy! Sounds and looks great!
    Thanks for linking up!

  • Noelle
    June 24, 2010

    Looks so good (and easy)!
    Can't wait to try it out, thanks!

    Found you from Blue Cricket).

  • Lanie Ree
    June 25, 2010

    WHOA. this is a family tradition of mine, too STARTING NOW. I am so excited.

    Thank you for participating in the Creative Therapy Session at Life in the Pitts.

  • Carmie, the Single Nester
    June 25, 2010

    This looks yummy! Just found your blog. Yeah for me!

  • Room to Inspire
    July 1, 2010

    Wow, this looks so yummy! I will be saving this recipe for sure.