This is one of those breads that makes you look awesome.
The look of it, first of all, is breathtaking. "How did you BRAID that loaf?" your friends will ask. They will be shocked by your dough-braiding talents.
Secondly, the taste is unparalleled. "How did you make this AMAZING filling?" they'll ask. Ha. So simple-minded.
And thirdly, the ease with which you baked the bread is equally unmatched. "This bread looks like it took SO much work! How DID you do it?" Magic fingers, my friends, magic fingers.
Or this easy, peasy, Braided Lemon and Cream Cheese Bread recipe. (But they don't have to know that.)
This Braided Lemon & Cream Cheese Bread
will not only have a swooning effect on your loved ones, but you too will easily be drawn into the simple instructions for making what appears to be a complicated bread. In just a few short hours, this loaf can end up as the centerpiece of your breakfast table.
With a creamy tart filling padded between two soft pillows of slightly sweet Brioche-like goodness, this bread is a lot like a coffee cake without the weight of extra sugar and glaze and that ambiguous crunch topping (Is it streusel? Is it sugar? We may never know).
My only advice to you is to not be intimidated by the how-to of making the mock braid. If you mess up, it's OK -- this bread is very forgiving in the way of hiding a few "oops!" Or, if you're really worried about an ugly patch, just eat it before serving the rest of the bread. You'll probably want to snatch an early helping anyway, because once it hits the table, this bread will go fast.
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