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Raspberry Breakfast Braid – a quick raspberry sauce and cream cheese filling are stuffed inside this easy braided bread that’s drizzled with a sweet and simple icing.

Raspberry Breakfast Braid - a quick raspberry sauce and cream cheese filling are stuffed inside this easy braided bread that's drizzled with a sweet and simple icing. A special breakfast or dessert for weekends or holidays with step-by-step pictures to help you make it.

In a bakery I worked in, we made all sorts of pastries and danishes. Danish dough (or puff pastry) is quite time consuming to make since you fold multiple layers of butter inside the dough. You also must chill the dough after each layer of butter is added to keep it from melting, to create those flaky layers we all know and love.

Raspberry Breakfast Braid - a quick raspberry sauce and cream cheese filling are stuffed inside this easy braided bread that's drizzled with a sweet and simple icing. A special breakfast or dessert for weekends or holidays with step-by-step pictures to help you make it.

While you can most certainly purchase puff pastry to save the time and effort, it is quite often expensive and doesn’t produce a very large yield of pastries. I opted to make a danish-like raspberry breakfast braid with a loaf of my favorite Rhodes White Bread. It’s inexpensive and so easy to work with.

Raspberry Breakfast Braid - a quick raspberry sauce and cream cheese filling are stuffed inside this easy braided bread that's drizzled with a sweet and simple icing. A special breakfast or dessert for weekends or holidays with step-by-step pictures to help you make it.

RASPBERRY BREAKFAST BRAID

We loved the soft and fluffy bread with the sweet and creamy fillings inside of this raspberry breakfast braid! Of course the icing drizzle was the perfect topping. This would be an extra special breakfast or dessert for Valentine’s Day.

For the raspberries, I made a quick raspberry sauce. It’s just fresh or frozen fruit with sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice. Simmer until thick. You can finish it with a little almond extract to really make the fruit flavor pop. Feeling lazy? Open a can of raspberry pie filling or raspberry jam.

Preparing a quick raspberry sauce and cream cheese filling.

The cream cheese filling is simply cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and egg. It’s like a cheesecake that’s almost hidden until you take a bite. Then you get a mouthful of creamy goodness.

Place a loaf of Rhodes frozen dough on a greased or silicone lined baking sheet covered with sprayed plastic wrap. Thaw and rise about 4-5 hours or overnight in the refrigerator.

MAKING THE BRAID

Roll out the thawed bread dough into a large rectangle about 12×18-inches (use a little dusting of flour, if needed). Using a pizza cutter, cut strips 1 1/2-inches apart on the long sides of the dough leaving about 6-inches in the center for the fillings.

Rolling and cutting the dough for a Raspberry Breakfast Braid.

Spread the cream cheese filling in the center. Then dollop the raspberry sauce on top and gently spread it together.

Pull the cut strips up and over the filling, alternating sides to create a braided (criss-cross) look. Pinch and tuck the ends the best you can so the filling won’t squeeze out.

Filling and folding the dough for a Raspberry Breakfast Braid.

Place the braid onto a parchment paper or silicone lined baking sheet. Brush the top of the braid with egg wash (a whisked egg) and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25-30 minutes until golden brown on top and bottom, double checking that the criss-crossed dough is fully baked.

Raspberry Breakfast Braid - a quick raspberry sauce and cream cheese filling are stuffed inside this easy braided bread that's drizzled with a sweet and simple icing. A special breakfast or dessert for weekends or holidays with step-by-step pictures to help you make it.

Cool completely, then mix together the icing (powdered sugar, heavy cream, and almond extract). Place it in a plastic zip-top bag. Cut off the corner and squeeze in a zig-zag pattern over the raspberry breakfast braid.

Raspberry Breakfast Braid - a quick raspberry sauce and cream cheese filling are stuffed inside this easy braided bread that's drizzled with a sweet and simple icing. A special breakfast or dessert for weekends or holidays with step-by-step pictures to help you make it.

Cut the raspberry breakfast braid into slices and serve. My kids inhaled this loaf! Even my husband was fighting over it. So good! I hope you like it too!

Raspberry Breakfast Braid

Raspberry Breakfast Braid

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 50 minutes

A quick raspberry sauce and cream cheese filling are stuffed inside this easy braided bread that's drizzled with a sweet and simple icing.

Ingredients

Raspberry Sauce:

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1/4-1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice (or water)
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract, optional

Cream Cheese Filling:

  • 4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, whisked & divided

Braid and Icing:

  • 1 loaf Rhodes White Bread
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tbsp heavy cream (or milk)
  • 1/4 tsp almond or vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Place a loaf of Rhodes frozen dough on a greased or silicone lined baking sheet covered with sprayed plastic wrap. Thaw and rise about 4-5 hours or overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. RASPBERRY SAUCE: In a small saucepan combine the raspberries, sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice. Simmer on medium-low heat for about 8-10 minutes until thick, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in the almond extract, if desired.
  3. CREAM CHEESE FILLING: In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and HALF of a whisked egg. Save the rest of the egg to brush the dough before baking.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. BRAID: Roll out the thawed bread dough into a large rectangle about 12x18-inches (use a little dusting of flour, if needed). Using a pizza cutter, cut strips 1 1/2-inches apart on the long sides of the dough leaving about 6-inches in the center for the fillings.
  6. Spread the cream cheese filling in the center. Then dollop the raspberry sauce on top and gently spread it together.
  7. Pull the cut strips up and over the filling, alternating sides to create a braided (criss-cross) look. Pinch and tuck the ends the best you can so the filling won’t squeeze out.
  8. Gently lift and place the braid onto a parchment paper or silicone lined baking sheet. Brush the top of the braid with the some of the remaining whisked egg. 
  9. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25-30 minutes until golden brown on top and bottom, double checking that the criss-crossed dough is fully baked. Cool completely.
  10. ICING: In a small bowl, mix together the powdered sugar, 1 Tbsp heavy cream, and the almond extract. Add extra heavy cream 1 tsp at a time to desired consistency. Place icing in a plastic zip-top bag. Cut off the corner and squeeze in a zig-zag pattern over the raspberry breakfast braid. Cut into slices and serve. 

Notes

*You may store any leftovers covered at room temperature or in the refrigerator, based on personal preference.