Saturday, April 23, 2011

Pineapple Cream Cheese Braid


 


This is by far the most requested dessert at holidays or anytime of the year!  When I make this, I can't make enough. It starts out with a simple yeast dough, filled with a sweetened cream cheese and topped off with crushed pineapple.  Braid it all together to make a beautiful presentation and a delicious dessert! 


Ingredients are as follows:

Dough: 
1/2 C warm water
1 package instant yeast
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 egg
1/4 C butter, softened
1/4 tsp. salt
2 1/2 C flour

Filling:
16 ounces cream cheese, softened
2/3 C sugar
1 20 ounce can crushed pineapple, drained 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray nonstick cooking spray onto two cookie sheets. This recipe yields two braids.

In a small bowl mix together the water, yeast and sugar; set aside.


In a separate bowl whisk the egg.


Add in the yeast mixture and butter. Mix together for two minutes.                 (The mixture may be clumpy, but that won't be a problem.)


Add salt and flour, knead for five minutes; set aside to rest.


In another bowl cream together the cream cheese and sugar; set aside.


On a floured surface roll one half of the dough out into a rectangle.


Place dough onto prepared cookie sheet then spread half of the cream cheese mixture down the center of the dough.


Take half of the pineapple and place it on top of the cream cheese.


On the sides of the dough, cut horizontal slits about two inches apart.


Starting at the bottom of the dough, flip the end in then fold over alternating pieces of the dough.


Continue until you reach the top of the dough then tuck in the top piece.


Brush a little water on top of the dough then sprinkle on some sugar.


Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.                          (Repeat the process with the rest of the dough and filling.)


Slice, serve and enjoy!

76 comments:

  1. This looks really delicious! I might need to make it sometime soon :)

    Visiting from FTLOB. Hope you have a wonderful weekend my dear!

    xoxoxo,
    Joelle
    www.wherewelove.blogspot.com

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  2. Holy yum! That sounds and looks really incredible! I might need to try this out! Oh wow!

    Simply Kate

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  3. WOW. that's beautiful... I totally want to try it... you know what today I made my first braided bread ever and I loved it. I'm so tying this next...

    hey, pop on over to http://sweet-rolls-that-rock.blogspot.com - i'm hosting a sweet rolls linky party every month. It's already closed for April - but I'd love it if you'd post this for May... then I can find it easily when I want to make :) please????

    ciao, melissa

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  4. first time stopping by, visiting via ftlob.

    i love the step-by-step tutorial. great work!

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  5. Oh my goodness! THAT looks delicious! I'm going to try it later today - seriously looks so delicious and definitely something that would be awesome for not just Easter but any day of the week.

    I'm new to your blog as well and I can't wait to see all the awesome stuff you cook up :D

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  6. Wow! I love your recipes Lisa! I've got to try this! Pineapple and cream cheese? Sounds amazing! :)

    Thanks for adding this to Melt in Your Mouth Monday!

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  7. That is so pretty. It looks like it came out of a bakery. You did a great job! Thanks for sharing it on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday!

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  8. This looks and sounds absolutely amazing!

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  9. This is beautiful! My grandma makes a pineapple and cream cheese cake, so I imagine I would love this! I will have to try it! :)

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  10. This looks so tasty. I am going to have to try this one. It is beautiful. I found you on MIYMM!

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  11. Thanks for sharing this mouth-watering recipe. I LOVE cream cheese - and with pineapple too? WOW! You make it look so simple to make..I will have to try it soon.

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  12. Wow, this looks delicious! Great flavors with the cream cheese and pineapple! YUM!

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  13. oh my gosh! how beautiful is that dessert!? looks quite tasty, too! :D

    thanks so much for linking up to magia mondays!

    -kristin

    http://delightfullydowling.blogspot.com

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  14. I came by from Kim's dessert party. You did such a beautiful job with the braid presentation. And who can resist cream cheese? My own participating recipe is at this link (you're invited to join in at Joy of Desserts too):
    http://joyofdesserts.blogspot.com/2011/04/strawberry-glaze-recipe-for-ice-cream.html

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  15. Wow, that looks so delicious !!! I am definitely going to try this soon :) THanks for the post!

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  16. This reminds me of something I used to get in a bakery years ago!!
    We loved it and I cannot wait to try this!!

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  17. Visiting from Hope Studios...

    How can I clean the drool out of my MacBook Pro keyboard???????

    I hold you personally responsible
    ;->

    Janet xox

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  18. oh my * so pretty & tasty ~ ~ lots of love put into that braid :)

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  19. Wow this looks yummy and pretty how cool is that.

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  20. Looks delicious, and I will have to try it. The pictures are helpful as well

    Here is an article on how to make delicious sprouts very inexpensively:
    http://educatorssite.com/?p=174

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  21. Oh my..I am drooling. :)

    I was so pleased to see this on Made it on Monday.

    I think I will try this using some Lemon Pie filling in place of the Pineapple.....I will let you know how it turns out.

    Thanks for linking up!

    http://larkscountryheart.blogspot.com/

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  22. That looks so good!! Hi, I'm your newest follower over from the hop. Hope you can stop by sometime and link up with our No Rules blog hop called Show Off Your Crafty Side, link up Recipes, crafts.. anything you want and as many as you would like.

    Have a wonderful Wednesday!

    Cindy

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  23. That looks so yummy. A comfort food I would enjoy on this cold rainy day! I've never attempted a bread but you make it look easy. Now following from the take it from me hop come by and say hello :)
    {tara} from Undeserving Grace

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  24. Yummm I am book marking this to make at my sons adoption party! Visiting from Welcome Wed. Hope you will visit back! http://all-about-the-savings.blogspot.com

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  25. Wow... WOW that looks good!

    Following from the Welcome Wednesday Blog Hop. Can't wait for you to stop by my blog :D

    http://opalstevens.blogspot.com

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  26. this sounds awesome com find out what I shared at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

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  27. Hi there! :) Great blog - WOW, that looks TOO good!! ;)

    I'm your newest follower from the Welcome Wednesday blog hop. Would love a follow back! :)

    The Kid Is Rich
    http://www.thekidisrich.blogspot.com/
    Educating kids and teens in making money and running a business.

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  28. Yum! Found you from Waltz on By Wednesday!

    www.thisfarmfamilyslife.blogspot.com

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  29. Wishing you a wonderful Week!

    New Follower via Welcome Wednesday blog hop
    Life Below Zero
    http://casinofreebies3.blogspot.com/

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  30. OOOO I'm DEFINITELY going to make this!!!!
    I'm having a linky party every week called a Themed Baker's Sunday! Where every week there is a new theme, and this week its lemons!!! I'd love for you to drop by and link yourself up with any lemon recipe you have, old or new! Can't wait to see what ya got up your sleeve!!
    http://cupcakeapothecary.blogspot.com/2011/04/themed-bakers-sunday-2.html
    Alyssa
    P.S. You're going to have to post this when we have a bread theme!

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  31. Wow, what a beautiful braid. I bet it tastes wonderful.

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  32. Hmmmm, delish! I will definitely try this ~ thanks for sharing.

    Pat

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  33. I've made something very similar to this before. It is absolutely my favorite sweet bread. A sister-in-law made this traditional family favorite.. her Wendish grandmother's specialty. Love it!!
    Karen
    Ladybug Creek

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  34. Impressive. I'm sure it was delightful!

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  35. This looks delicious! And it doesn't look too hard either, i might be able to do this one! Thanks for sharing! And i am visiting from the love of blogs!

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  36. This looks almost too pretty to eat!! Now that I have seen how you did it I am amazed at how simple it is! Thanks for linking up to Foodie Friday. I hope to see you again next week!!

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  37. Looks delish! Anything with cream cheese has to be good!

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  38. I love the idea of this! I will have to give it a try... looks delish! New follower from FTLOB #FabFriendsFridays

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  39. "Honey Bunny" is going to go crazy over this bread. I really can't wait to make it for him, he just loves pineapple.Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!

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  40. Yum! I'll eat anything filled with cream cheese.

    I'd love to have you share this recipe on my weekly link-up, Sweet Tooth Friday. I hope to see you there. http://alli-n-son.com/2011/04/28/mint-infused-plum-tarte-tatin/

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  41. Mmmm! pineapple & cream cheese. Visiting from Sweet Tooth Friday!

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  42. I would love this bread. Pineapple and cream cheese are two of my favorite combinations. I just did a pineapple and cream cheese ham salad on our blog. I hope you'll check it out on our blog soon!

    Lori

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  43. This is beautiful and holy smokes! It looks delicious!

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  44. You have such beautiful baked goods. I have a page on my blog, I started linking up great bakers, tonight. I am going to add you to that list. I could just look at you photos for the longest time.

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  45. Hi Lisa~

    Pineapple & cream cheese, two of my favorite things!! I will be making this for my family. :) Thanks for linking to my K.I.S.S. blog bash last week, looking forward to seeing what you share this week.

    Drop By The Tattered Tag

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  46. this looks wonderful, i can't wait to try it!!

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  47. I featured this today over at Today's Top 20!

    Amanda
    www.todaystoptwenty.blogspot.com

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  48. Your pineapple cream cheese braid looks so pretty, and so delicious! No wonder it is a favourite! I've bookmarked it to try - your tutorial is wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing it with Let's Do Brunch. Hope to see you again at the linky this week!

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  49. This is so pretty!! Thanks for all the pictures and directions, I will need them :)

    Thanks for sharing at What's Cooking Thursdays!

    www.savingthosedollars.blogspot.com

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  50. This looks amazing! I've never tried braiding dough, but your pictures make it look easy. Bookmarked this, can't wait to try it.

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  51. Hi! I'm having a linky party called A Themed Baker's Sunday where this weeks theme is bread! I would love for you to join! Hope to see you there!
    http://cupcakeapothecary.blogspot.com/2011/05/themed-bakers-sunday-4.html
    Alyssa

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  52. i am baking this right now as i type and it smells so good. i can't wait. i linked to you on my blog. you should check it out! thanks for the yummy recipe!!!
    unperfectnesss.blogspot.com

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  53. Stopping by via Thrifty Thursday, LOVE LOVE your blog! Great pics, and looks delish!!! Hope you have a chance to stop by, your newest follower Cindy
    http://cute-ecakes.blogspot.com
    http://frugallyfantasmic.blogspot.com

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  54. Wow, that looks so fancy with with the braid! Pretty blog! Visiting & following from the Thrifty Thursday blog hop.

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

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  55. This looks so yummy! I'm your newest follower:) Visiting from the Thifty Thursday blog hop. Stop by my blog sometime and say hi ~ Rachel @ Loving life (absolutelylovingmylife.blogspot.com)

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  56. Oh wow this is beautiful and has my name written all over it, anything cream cheese, yes please!!

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  57. This is so cool!!! I just love it! Can you send me some overnight? Love it!

    Come see me at http://www.willcookforsmiles.com/

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  58. This would be perfect for Easter brunch.

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  59. I could eat this whole thing! It looks divine and will be trying it soon. So glad you shared!

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  60. Looks fantastic!!

    I have a question though, why do you use only half of the cream cheese and pineapple???

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    1. The recipe yields two braids, therefore you use half on each braid :)

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  61. Have you ever made this the night before and refrigerated it? Either just the dough and finished the rest in the morning or all of it? Just curious if that would work.

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    1. No Starla I haven't, I've always made it in one day.

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  62. THANKS FOR SHARING ANOTHER WONDERFUL CREATION OF YOURS. THIS LOOKS SO EASY AND YUMMY. THE STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL IS SO WONDERFUL. LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS DESSERT AND YOUR BLOG. I AM SO GLAD TO HAVE FOUND YOUR BLOG. THANKS AGAIN.

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  63. Why has no one asked if a "pre made" dough could be used? **blushing** I'm not so good at creating this luscious looking dough. Love the entire idea. Beautiful and delicious! Mary Back

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    1. I think frozen dough would work fine for this...enjoy!

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  64. Do you think there is some kind of ready made dough I could use instead of making one from scratch? If so, what would you recommend and how much per braid? It simply sounds delicious.

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    1. There is frozen bread dough that is available in the freezer section which I'm sure would work just fine. I've never made it like that so I'm not sure how much, but I think one loaf would make both braids.

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  65. Always perfect photos &directions step by step you have turned me in to a queen of baking here at home. :) great site you are the best " flour me with love. "

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  66. Thanks for the recipe. I love pineapple! My question is how long the dough needs to rest before I can continue to the next step?

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    1. The dough doesn't need to rest at all; just make it and then make the braid!

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  67. Just lovely. Should I use bread flour or all purpose flour?

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