6 Servings

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°. With an electric mixer, beat together Neufchâtel cheese and granulated sugar until fluffy. Add flour, egg and vanilla extract, then mix at medium speed until blended. Set aside.

Step 2

Roll out pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface to a 16-by-11-inch rectangle. Transfer to a large baking sheet. With a short end toward you, spoon cheese mixture lengthwise down center third of dough. Spoon jam in a line down center. With a knife or pastry wheel, cut 5 horizontal slashes on each side of filling, beginning on outside of dough, cutting toward middle to within 1/2 inch of filling. Crisscross strips over filling, overlapping for a braided effect.

Step 3

Bake pastry until puffy and golden, about 30 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes on pan on rack. Dust with confectioners' sugar just before cutting crosswise and serving.

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