Monday, July 18, 2011

Braided Lemon Bread

This tender, buttery bread gets it’s tangy flavor from more than the cream cheese lemon filling.  There’s a good helping of healthy yogurt in the dough.  The braiding looks complicated, but it’s a simple process that went together quickly.  Delicious for breakfast, or with fresh fruit for a bright summer dessert.  

My idea of a good challenge is to open my refrigerator and come up with a new way to use up what greets me.  A few days ago - I had half of a package of cream cheese, a tiny amount of homemade lemon curd, and a little bit of greek yogurt that needed attention.  That’s when I really appreciate the usefulness of the internet.  I stumbled upon this recipe on the King Arthur Flour website.  

I would compare King Arthur flour to my local favorite - Lehi Mill.  My only complaint is that Lehi Mill doesn’t have anywhere near the amazing website of King Arthur.  But I won’t hold that against them - as long as they keep making my favorite flour.

King Arthur bread recipes usually include the making of a “sponge” - where at least some (if not all of) the yeast is allowed to work in warm water and a bit of flour.  It takes about 10-15 minutes, where for other breads (such as baguette) it takes up to 14 hours.  Although you may think it's an annoying extra step, it does kick-start the proofing process, and yields a finished product with great texture.  

The filling is a mix of tart & sweet, with the cream cheese/sour cream layer capped with a touch of lemon curd (you can use your own homemade version, or purchase it already prepared).  

The bread was soft, sweet, and full of tart lemon flavor - but I thought it could use a little more lemon.  I drizzled it with a touch of lemon glaze, which I thought made it complete.

For the recipe, with step-by-step instructions & photos - go to:

1 comment:

  1. A gorgeous bread. I have some really tart lemon rosemary marmalade that this would be great in.