December 17, 2015

Cranberry Cheese Braid (gluten-free)

DSCN3496_thumb8December’s Improv Challenge ingredients are cranberry and orange. There were sooooo many directions I wished to go with them, but finally settled on baked goods. I was wishing to try Pamela’s® Bread Mix, and here was my opportunity…
I’d made the cranberry sauce to go in a cream cheese schmear for Thanksgiving, so it was just sitting in the frig waiting for baking day.EJ_cran_orange-31_thumb8
Because I was multi-tasking, I tossed the dough ingredients into the bread machine:
  • 1/2 c. warm water
  • 1 T. yeast
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 1 t. Kosher salt
  • 1/2 c. yogurt
  • 1/2 c. softened butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 T. fresh orange zest
  • 4 c. Pamela’s® Bread Mix
When it was finished with the first rise, I divided the dough in half then rolled it out onto silicone baking sheets.EJ_cran_orange-10_thumb8Down the middle third I spread half this cream cheese mixture:
  • 16 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c. honey
  • 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 1/4 c. Pamela’s® Bread Mix
EJ_cran_orange-12_thumb2The two side of dough needs to be slashed about every inch, or so.
EJ_cran_orange-9_thumb9On top of the cheese I spooned 1/2 - 2/3 cup of the cranberry sauce. Then the strips of dough were crossed to form the braid.
(Of course, all this is repeated with the other half of the dough…)
The braids were covered with plastic wrap & let raise for an hour. They were baked in a pre-heated 350° oven for about an hour until they were nice & browned.
As they cooled, I prepared the vanilla cream glaze:
  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 6 T. heavy cream (or as needed for desired consistency)
EJ_cran_orange-17_thumb11This was a delicious gluten-free addition to my breakfast.EJ_cran_orange-19_thumb14(If you think I ate this only at breakfast time, you are mistaken!)EJ_cran_orange-30_thumb9(Actually, I’m eating a slice right now…)
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  1. Yum! I am always up for baked goods. Especially when they include some of my favorite things like oranges and cranberries and cream cheese. I can see myself making this very soon. I may not go the gluten free route. Yet. But I am going to try this soon. Very Soon.

    1. I'm sure a wheat version of this would be soooooooo much tastier! I ♥ cheese braids!


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