Danish Braided Strawberry Bread – A Cozy Kitchen

Breakfast Braided Strawberry Bread

I’ve just lately (re)found the pleasure of sporting a gown round the home. I’ve this one, in case you’re curious, and it seems like luxurious! I do not know what I’ve been doing sporting PJs after I might’ve been sporting an extremely smooth gown. This recipe for Danish Braided Strawberry Bread is the proper fluffy loaf to be made in a gown.

I feel so much about Christmas breakfast and the way epic I at all times need it to be. I at all times love a braided state of affairs. I often use store-bought puff pastry however I like this bread-y model as a result of oh so scrumptious.

This recipe comes from Zoë Francois + Jeff Hertzberg, M.D new ebook, Holiday and Celebration Bread in Five Minutes a Day. I love Zoe’s Instagram. It’s maybe one of my favourite. Her recipes at all times look so unbelievable. And whereas at time they appear tremendous formidable, her recipes are 100% doable and reliable.

Breakfast Braided Strawberry Bread


What Is a Danish Loaf

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Whereas I used to be thumbing by her new ebook, there have been SO many issues I needed to make. I lastly narrowed it all the way down to this braided bread loaf with a zest-y cream cheese filling with jam. It was SO good.

The dough is very easy to make. You merely combine all the pieces collectively. No exhausting kneading, no work lol.

Breakfast Braided Strawberry Bread

If you wish to make it forward, you 100% can as a result of this tasted so good the subsequent day. You’ll be able to heat it up within the oven for 10 minutes if you wish to eat it heat—which I extremely suggest.

Espresso or scorching chocolate is a should.

In the event you make this Breakfast Braided Strawberry Bread, let me know on Instagram!

Print Recipe

Breakfast Braided Strawberry + Apricot Bread



  • 2 massive eggs flippantly crushed
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons lukewarm water 100F or under
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 3 1/2 bread flour

Cream Cheese Filling:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup your favourite store-bought jam (I used half apricot and half strawberry jam
  • Egg yolk wash 1 egg yolk crushed with 1 tablespoon water, for brushing the braids


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 to six tablespoons heavy cream or extra as wanted to succeed in the right consistency


To Make the Dough:

  • You should use a giant bowl with a robust spoon or a stand-up mixer with the paddle attachment.

  • To the bowl, add the crushed eggs, lukewarm water, yeast, kosher salt, honey and melted butter. Combine.

  • Add the flour–without kneading—and blend till mixed. Cowl the dough with a clear kitchen towel and place in a warm-ish space in your kitchen. Permit the dough to rise for two hours.

  • The dough can be utilized instantly after the preliminary rise, although it’s simpler to deal with when it’s chilly. Refrigerate the container and use over the subsequent 5 days.

To Make the Cream Cheese Filling:

  • Combine the cream cheese, lemon zest, and sugar in a bowl till clean. Put aside.

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon mat.

To Assemble the Braided Loaves:

  • Mud the floor of the refrigerated dough with flour and divide in half. Mud the primary piece with flour and form right into a tough ball by stretching the floor of the dough round to the underside, rotating the ball a quarter-turn as you go.

  • Utilizing a rolling pin, roll the primary piece of dough out to a 1/4-inch-thick rectangle, about 9 x 12 inches. As you roll out the dough, add flour as wanted to stop sticking.

  • Switch the dough onto the lined baking sheet. Place the cream cheese stuffed down the size of the dough in a 3-inch strip within the heart, and add the jam on high in a good layer.

  • Utilizing a pointy paring knife or a pair of kitchen scissors (I discovered the scissors to really work finest), reduce about 1/2-inch-wide strips down all sides. Twist after which fold the strips, left over proper, crisscrossing over the filling. Calmly press the strips collectively you progress down the pastry, making a braid.

  • Repeat with the second braided loaf.

  • Cowl loosely with plastic wrap and permit them to relaxation at room temperature for 60 minutes.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 levels F, with a rack positioned within the heart of the oven.

  • Brush the braids flippantly with egg wash. Bake the braided loaves for 30 to 35 minutes, or till golden brown. Permit to chill.

To Make the Glaze:

  • Whereas the braid is cooling, combine collectively the powdered sugar and cream. I needed the drizzle to be prettier, so I transferred to a piping bag, snipped off the tip and drizzled the glaze on the each of the braids. A spoon would additionally work!


To make forward:
Make the dough the day forward and place within the fridge.

You may also bake these off the evening earlier than and drizzle the glaze morning of serving. Will style scrumptious when wrapped for 3 days.

Breakfast Braided Strawberry Bread

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