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Pineapple Cheese Braid

Folks are always pleasantly surprised by this bread's pineapple filling. When in a hurry, I'll use canned pie filling.—Shirley Kensinger, Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. + rising Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 loaves

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4-1/4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • PINEAPPLE FILLING:
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • CREAM CHEESE FILLING:
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ICING (optional):
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add butter, sugar, eggs, salt and 2 cups flour; beat on low speed for 3 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • For pineapple filling, combine the pineapple filling ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat to medium. Cook and stir until thickened. Cool. In a bowl, combine cream cheese filling ingredients; mix well.
  • Punch dough down. Divide dough in half. On a floured surface, roll each portion into a 15x9-in. rectangle. Place on greased baking sheets. Spread the cream cheese filling lengthwise down center third of each rectangle. Spread the pineapple filling on top.
  • On each long side, cut 1-in. wide strips 3 in. into center. Starting at one end, fold alternately strips at an angle across filling. Seal ends. Cover and let rise for 20 minutes.
  • Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool. If desired, combine icing ingredients and drizzle over braids. Store in refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 185 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 90mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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