Sweet cheese filling is very much like cheese cake, with all the same ingredients but in different proportions. Cream cheese, sugar (duh), vanilla, egg and this recipe called for a little flour and lemon zest. All that goes into a mixing bowl and gets beaten for a few minutes. Then shove it into the fridge to chill - though it seems like it would be easier to spread at room temp. I'll let you know how it goes.
Next the strawberry part of the filling. First and foremost are the fresh strawberries picked from our backyard, compliments of my husband...Who also cleaned and hulled them. (He's great!) Then there's a little lemon juice, a few tablespoons of sugar and cornstarch to thickened. Put that in a pot and stir, stir, stir until it's all hot and bubbly. Transfer that to a bowl and chill thoroughly.
I'm eating my breakfast and waiting for everything to cool off. Then comes the "fun" part. Rolling out the broiche dough. Wet and sticky but that buttery dough is so good once baked. I can't wait. Of course, I'll be trying something new today. I'm going to attempt a braid. It doesn't look difficult in the baking books but if you read yesterday's post you'll know that something is bound to go wrong. We'll all have to wait and see.
The first time I made this recipe the dough was extremely wet. It was such a sticky mess I had to call in my husband to dump more flour on it and help me out in general. My hands were completely covered in the gooey stuff. So this time I completely covered my hands, work surface and dough in a LOT of flour. As evident in the above photo.
The mistaken braid, I just put the strawberries on top and the cinnamon-sugar topping on top of that. And actually I think it looked AND tasted better. I'll let you decide on the looks.
First the braid according to plan:
Both fillings on the inside and cin-sugar topping outside of braid. Looks OK, but nothing to write home about or start you salivating. This photo was taken prior to baking.
Next is the mistaken loaf.
Cream cheese inside.
Strawberries and cin-suage on the outside.
Maybe it's just me but I think this one looks better even before its bakes.
Prior to baking
After baking. Doesn't this look more tempting? I think it's the red showing through that really draws your attention. Also, the cin-sugar topping really brought out the sweet of the strawberries. Here's to mistakes! Another happy discovery.