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Jam-Filled Sour Cream Coffee Bread

Author: PJ Hamel

Jam-Filled Sour Cream Coffee Bread  Recipe

What looks like an intricately braided coffee bread is actually a "mock" braid, easily fashioned by even beginning bakers. Filled with sweetened cream cheese and jam, it's both delicious, and elegant.

At a glance

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Yield
Two braids, about 2 dozen servings

Ingredients

Choose your measure:

Dough

Filling

  • 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons soft butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Buttery Sweet Dough Flavor or 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons Instant ClearJel or 3 tablespoons King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup jam mixed with 3 tablespoons Instant ClearJel or 3 tablespoons King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

Topping

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the dough ingredients in a mixing bowl, and mix and knead (by hand, mixer, or bread machine) to make a smooth dough. the dough will seem very dry at first; resist the urge to add more liquid. It'll come together and smooth out as you knead.
  2. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl or other container, cover it, and allow it to rise for 90 minutes. It won't look risen at all. That's OK.
  3. Divide the risen dough into two pieces. Working with one piece at a time, flatten/pat/roll it into a 10" x 15" rectangle.
  4. Make the filling: Gently beat together the cream cheese, butter, sugar, salt, flavor or extract, and ClearJel or flour until smooth. Add the egg, and again gently beat until only a few small lumps are visible.
  5. Spread half the jam/flour (or jam/ClearJel) mixture (about 5 1/2 ounces) in a 2 1/2"-wide swath down the center of the rectangle, lengthwise. Leave 1" of dough bare at each end.
  6. Spread half the cream cheese mixture (about 6 1/4 ounces) atop the jam.
  7. Fold the end over the filling at each end of the dough.
  8. Make cuts from the edge of the dough to within about 1/2" of the filling, every 3/4", all the way down both sides of the dough.
  9. Starting at one end, pull the cut strips up and over the filling, alternating sides. Transfer the loaf to a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet.
  10. Repeat the process with the remaining piece of dough.
  11. Cover the loaves, and let them rise for 90 minutes. Again, it won't appear to rise; that's OK. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat your oven to 350°F.
  12. To finish and bake: Brush the egg white/water over the loaves. Sprinkle with the coarse sugar.
  13. Bake the coffeecakes for 32 to 36 minutes, until they're golden brown. Remove them from the oven, and place them on a rack to cool slightly. Serve warm.
  14. Store any leftovers, well-wrapped, in the freezer. to serve, thaw, and then reheat in a 350°F oven, tented with foil, for about 10 minutes.