gastronome
bread or pastry?

Bread scares the tar out of me. I never have any idea if I'm doing it right. I tried this recipe for Apricot-Cream Cheese Braids, and they turned out a little squishy in the middle for my tastes. A more accurate oven probably would have fixed me right up.

We polished off one loaf for dessert tonight. I have three left that I think I will toast before serving...

To prepare dough, combine 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/3 cup butter, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1 (8-ounce) carton light sour cream in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat; cool. Dissolve 2 packages dry yeast (about 4 1/2 teaspoons) in 1/2 cup warm water (100 to 110 degrees) in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Stir in sour cream mixture and 2 large eggs, lightly beaten. Lightly spoon 4 cups all-purpose flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Gradually stir flour into sour cream mixture (dough will be soft and sticky). Cover dough; chill 8 hours or overnight.

To prepare filling, combine 2/3 cup apricot preserves, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 (8-ounce) blocks 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened, and 1 large egg, lightly beaten, in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended.

Divide dough into 4 equal portions. Turn each portion out onto a lightly floured surface; knead lightly 4 or 5 times. Roll each portion into a 12 x 8-inch rectangle. Spread one-fourth of filling over each portion, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Starting at a long side, carefully roll up each portion jelly roll fashion; pinch seams and ends to seal.

Place 2 loaves on each of 2 baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Cut 4 (1/4-inch deep) "X"s in top of each loaf with scissors. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85 degrees), free from drafts, 25 minutes or until doubled in size.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Place 1 baking sheet in oven (cover remaining loaves to keep from drying). Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Repeat procedure with remaining loaves. Cool loaves slightly.

To prepare glaze, combine 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons fat-free milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, stirring with a whisk. Drizzle warm loaves with glaze.

Posted by astraea on December 22, 2002 | TrackBack
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