This was delicious but I've made many yeast bread recipes and I think the dough needs to be much more substantial. I used whole-grain flour but the dough was still very soft and sticky even after the first rising. After rolling it out it was almost too thin to roll up (much less "braid"; clearly this is mis-named) and I had several tears in the loaves (rips that is, not from crying) by the time I transferred them to the baking sheet, which was no small feat in itself. I did not have preserves on hand so I increased the cheese (which was orange-lemon flavored anyway) by half, and the amount of filling was still almost too much. The result tasted good but was rather funny-looking, so I would need to tweak the recipe quite a bit - and maybe even bake it in a loaf pan - before taking this out in public.
Apricot-Cream Cheese Braid
detailaddict Posted: 02/17/09
jodocent Posted: 03/01/09
I read the other reviews and am astounded that the recipe could receive more than 2 stars. I am very experienced with yeast dough and the fact that the dough is delicate is okay, but the amount of filling recommended is about 4 times more than is possible to use and it is too thin so you cannot roll the dough up unless you use much less than recommended. Also it is not a braid. Why don't you correct the recipe? I will make it again with the necessary adjustments and recommentd that you do the same and republish it after it is corrected. I knew when I read it that there was a problem so baked a coffee cake as a bake-up. Good thing I did.
Ddfaire Posted: 06/16/09
so very tasty...you would never know this desert came from a light cook book!!!
ginibeck Posted: 01/13/10
Very good - tasty and tender. I have made several times and people always enjoy it. I make in two loaves (not four) and don't roll it as thinly as suggested. The filling wants to escape, so I may try thickening it up with a bit of flour next time. Yum!
Jadeskiss83 Posted: 09/12/11
My family really enjoyed this recipe. The dough was a bit hard to manage due to the soft and stickiness as the other readers but just added some extra flour while kneading, worked out just fine. Since the filling was a bitty runny as the others commented, just added a bit a flour to thickenit up. I also added some chopped dried apricots to the filling which gave it some more asthetic appeal as well as making it more more apricot-ish. Overall, I thought it was a pretty tasty recipe.