Blueberry Cream Cheese Braided Loaf

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Here’s another recipe I found in the Taste of the South Southern Favorites magazine from the Winter issue and I tried it recently and WOW, is it delish.

We love anything with blueberries in it and my parents grow some wonderful blueberries every summer at their mountain house and share the bounty with us.  So, I’ve got some stashed in the freezer and am always looking for some good recipes to try out with this favorite berry.  And you use that breadstick dough in the can for these, easy-easy. IMG_7247

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Here’s the recipe:

Blueberry Cream-Cheese Braided Loaf

6 oz. cream cheese, softened (I think I used the whole 8 oz pkg, that’s me 🙂

1 large egg, separated

1 1/4 cups confectioners sugar, divided

1 (11 oz) can refrigerated breadstick dough

3/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries  (I used almost a cup)

2 tsp. water

2 tbl. orange juice

Preheat oven to 375*. Lightly grease a baking sheet.

Beat cream cheese in a mixing bowl at med. speed with an electric mixer until creamy.  Add egg yolk and 1/4 cup confectioners sugar.  Beat until well mixed.  Set aside.

Remove breadstick dough from can. Unroll and separate dough into rectangle.  Place dough horizontally on baking sheet.  Press seams together to seal.

Spoon cream cheese mixture onto center third of dough.

Wash, drain, and dry blueberries.  Sprinkle blueberries over cream cheese mixture.

Separate dough at perforations up to cream-cheese mixture slightly stretching dough strips.  Beginning at top edge of dough, braid strips to cover filling (this makes more sense as you are doing it).  Tuck last 2 ends under at bottom of loaf.

In a small bowl, beat egg white and water with fork until blended to form an egg wash.  Brush egg wash over braided loaf.

Bake until golden brown, approx. 20 minutes.  Cool for at least 45 min. or as long as you can stand it.

In another small bowl, combine remaining 1 cup confectioners sugar and orange juice, whisking until smooth.  Drizzle glaze over braided loaf before serving.  Slice with bread knife.

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After braiding, it looks like this.IMG_7251

And then out of the oven, golden brown.IMG_7250

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I didn’t have any orange juice on hand, so just made my glaze with confectioners sugar and milk.  It was still yummy.

This would be perfect for breakfast or brunch, a special treat.  Let me know if you try it, it really is a good one and it’s great with a cup of coffee. 🙂

Added to Jen’s Tasty Tuesday.

- Rhoda

Comments

  1. Looks soooo yummy…can’t wait to try.

  2. Oh, YUM! I love blueberries in or on anything too and they are on sale this week so I know what I’ll be making for breakfast this weekend! Thanks Rhoda!

  3. Rhoda, This looks great and it looks like it is a bakery item. I love brunches so now I am inspired to have a girlfriend brunch. What a great recipe!!!

  4. That looks yummy. Taste of the South is my favorite magazine aside from my paula deen ones. They have the best southern favorites.

  5. Oh my goodness Rhoda, that looks heavenly! The kiddos would absolutly flip over that for breakfast one morning. I like to get recipes from Southern Lady which is published by the same group as Taste of the South. Both publications are fabulous for great (and easy) recipes.

    Jennifer

  6. I love the idea of the canned breadsticks. It would make preparation a SNAP!

  7. Yum!! and it looks really easy, this is something that I could keep all the ingredients on hand and if we had company pop in Voila I could make it , Love this one Rhoda,thank you for sharing,Kathysue

  8. YUM! This looks like those fundraiser braided breads. I always bought the cherry ones. They were so good!

  9. Looks delish, Rhoda!

    Reminds me I should use my baking stones. I never think of them!

  10. divine! i have blueberries in the freezer from the berry farm just down the road from our house and this WILL be saturday’s brunch! i’m salivating right now! thanks for sharing!!!

    here’s a good one that i’ve loved over the years for a good (and easy!) blueberry crisp.
    http://dancingthrulife.blogspot.com/2009/07/happy-berry-crisp.html

  11. Yummo! This is one of those recipes I will print and keep for a breakfast with the family!!! Thanks for sharing!

  12. I opened this while whincing. I knew it would not be a pretty pic, me sitting at the puter drooling over a cream cheese yummy thing. Is there anything more perfect than cream cheese? I love the stuff! I am definitely going to have to try this out! Like really soon! It looks incredible! Thanks for sharing.

  13. That looks so good omg! I have made this but with chicken and broccoli with sour cream soo good!

  14. Rhoda that looks delish!!!!!

  15. Oh how yum, yum, yummy!

    🙂
    ButterYum

  16. Oh my… that looks awesome!

  17. Outrageous!

  18. I make this with cherries….delicious. I’ll have to try blueberries. You are right, it is totally delicious…try it with cherry pie filling for a differant taste.

  19. Yum Yum. I want to make this weekend. Wonder if I can use something other than blueberries, though. I love blueberries. However, out of 6 people, only 3 will eat blueberries.
    Oh, well. I can eat it all myself! LOL! THERE GOES THE DIET!

  20. You always have the yummiest looking goodies. I think I shall pour myself another cup of coffee, and imagine eating a slice.

  21. If it weren’t for those annoying pounds that have creeped into my life since the holidays, I would try this one this weekend! Who am I kidding…I will try it anyway.

  22. I am going to try this for the Super Bowl! We live in Colts country so I’ll shape it in a horseshoe! Thanks for the recipe.

  23. YUM!!!! Thank you for sharing.

  24. One word: YUM!!!!!!!!

    🙂

  25. Drool. Saw you on the #blissdom tweets and took a peek. Beautiful header & interior design.

  26. I have some Maine blueberries frozen in my fring….my daughter is going to love this recipe…..THANKS !!!

    Here is one for you :

    chipotle citrus flank steak marinade
    1 cup fresh OJ

    ¼ cup fresh lime juice

    ½ cup oil

    3 canned minced chipotle

    2 cloves garlic

    1 tsp cumin ground

    1 tsp salt

    1T honey

    3 T chopped cilantro

    directions:

    Mix ingredients in a blender until smooth. Place flank steak in sealable bag, pour marinade over and refrigerate overnight

    I was just given this recipe I have not tried it myself…but it sure sounds interesting huh ???

    Have a nice day Rhoda,
    Kathy 🙂

  27. Oh, my that looks yummy delicious. I wish I could cut a piece of it right from your photo.

  28. I cracked up when I saw Maggie’s comment (above) because I was thinking something similar….I’m sucked in to trying this this weekend. We love blueberries too, and we’ll be visiting my Mum and so we’ll have use for yummy brunch-y fare.
    Thanks!
    WendyBee

  29. Wow… that looks amazing! I’ll file this one away for my Easter brunch!

  30. That looks amazing! I will be making this the next time my mom’s group comes for coffee. Delicious!

  31. Can’t wait to try this one. Looks yummy and easy.

  32. I will be going to the grocery tomorrow for breadstick dough to make this!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Looks SOOOOOOOO good! Thanks! XO, Pinky

  33. Oh my goodness! That looks divine! I can not wait to fix this!!!

  34. Looks delicious!!

  35. Oh my GRACIOUS! That looks DIVINE!!!!! I’m gonna have to give that one a try! Thanks for the recipe!

  36. Rhoda, this recipe is a winner. Love, love the blueberries! I saw that magazine (Taste of the South) at the fabric store (of all places) and wondered if it was good. I think I’ll have to pick one up now!

  37. Gosh this looks beautiful and yummy at the same time. Thank you for the close up pictures. Joan @Americana By Candlelight

  38. I am a Pampered Chef consultant – I am glad to see that you use your stoneware! It’s such a wonderful addition to any kitchen!

    And the blueberry loaf looks amazing!

  39. Carol from Indian Springs says:

    Rhoda this looks so wonderful! I have some frozen blueberries and some dough (not breadsticks but maybe I can cut it and it will work). Will try this tomorrow!

    Carol N.

  40. I think you should invest in a new baking sheet. Can’t believe you put a picture of that yucky-looking thing on your blog, LOL!

    • I love my seasoned baking dishes, they work perfectly and new one isn’t the best for our environment – is it?

    • I love that she used that baking sheet! My seasoned ones work the best and with that being a stoneware one, it’s supposed to look like that. In fact, they will get darker and only work better.

  41. Made that many times, in my old PC days! See you in a few, Rhoda! (Yummy, btw!)

  42. So pretty and tasty looking! I love my blueberries!

  43. Okay you have my attention haha

  44. I have a very similar (and frankly, slightly easier) recipe that I got from Kraft and it is SO GOOD! Know I wish I had some blueberries!

  45. Well, I decided to do a dinner version of this. With 3 kids and a spouse who all like different things. I made it with sandwich meat and cheese, but one end was bland for the kiddos – just ham and cheese, the other end had hot peppers and tomatoes, a little light mayo and seasonings. It turned out yummy and was a one pan dish for all. Now, mine looked nowhere near as pretty as Rhoda’s – in fact – it looks like a mummy so I might have an idea for next halloween.

  46. Thank you SO much for sharing this! Oh it looks delicious…. and perfect with a cup of coffee. We are expecting a big snow storm tonight and I’m heading to the grocery. Planning to get the ingredients for a breakfast treat in the morning!!!!

  47. I made it! It was so easy and so delicious. Thank you so much! My husband and I are snacking on it and we’ll probably give some to my neice and nephew, they can use the calories more than we can! Thanks for the super easy and super delicious recipe.

  48. I did make this like I said I was going to and OH MY GOODNESS! It was so easy and I’m having trouble keeping myself away from it! Rhoda, you have to try it with the orange juice glaze. The citrus flavor with the blueberries is so delish! Thanks for sharing! I’m going to post it on my blog and reference it back to you for pics and instructions.

  49. I made this tonight. I think something was wrong with my bread stick dough, because I couldn’t separate one side of it. Anyway, it was really messy all over the pan and the bottom burned and the middle dough didn’t. I still ate it and it wasn’t bad. The OJ frosting on the other hand was disgusting, I should have done the milk like you did.

    Thanks for the recipe. It would be worth trying again.

  50. I made this over the weekend and it was AMAZING!! I loved it so much I even posted it on my blog and directed everyone here for the recipe!

    Braiding the bread was super easy and made me look like a professional baker! We now have a new favorite in our house. BTW, I did the orange icing and it was WONDERFUL! Thanks for sharing!

  51. I made this last Sunday and it was so easy and delicious, and pretty too! My husband said he would like it without the blueberries as well as with, so this is going to be a standby for when I need a fast treat for him (like a reward for fixing my brakes or fixing that leaky water hose!)
    Thank you Rhoda, for sharing!
    Lisa

  52. Yummy Yummy! Nothing like cream cheese, butter, dough….:)

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