Braided Bread with Arla® Lactose Free Cream Cheese and Strawberry Filling

This lovely strawberry and cream cheese braided bread is filled with love, thanks to the hero ingredient, Arla Lactose Free Cream Cheese!

Ingredients (one big loaf):


6 tablespoons warm water
1 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
1/4 cup granulated sugar
6 tablespoon sour cream
1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup Arla Lactose Free Cream Cheese 
1/4 cup strawberry jam
Egg Wash
1 large egg
1 teaspoon water
1 tablespoon granulated sugar



In a bowl of standing mixer, mix water and yeast. Let sit for 10 minutes.
Add sugar, sour cream, butter, egg and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth.
Add flour and salt, and mix/knead with the dough hook until the dough become soft and smooth, about 8 minutes.
Cover the bowl with a tea towel and let sit in a warm place for an hour to rise.
When the dough is risen, move it to a lightly floured surface. Press to flatten the dough into a big rectangle.
Spread the cream cheese lengthwise down the center of the dough. Spread the strawberry jam over the cream cheese.
Cut 1" strips all the way down each long side of dough (the areas not covered with the filling) from the edge of the filling to the outer edge of the dough. Braid the bread by starting with the strips in each top corner, laying them over the filling and criss-crossing over each other. Continue down the entire braid. Tuck the last braid under the bread.
Carefully transfer the dough to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover and allow to rise for 30 minutes.
Mix the egg wash ingredients, and brush the dough with the mixture. Sprinkle sugar on top.
Bake at 350F for 25 to 35 minutes, until the loaf is golden brown.


Recipe courtesy of Oh Sweet Day