Cream Cheese Dried Fruit Bread

 

Cream Cheese Dried Fruit Bread

Yields 3 mini loaves

Sweet, soft and brioche like fluffy bread made with cream cheese and packed with dried fruit.

Prep Time 20 min
Bake Time 30 min
Total Time 2 hr, 30

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup (30 grams) King Arthur bread flour
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) lukewarm water
  • 2 tsp dry yeast
  • 2 oz (56 grams) room temperature cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) sugar
  • 2/3 cup King Arthur dried fruit blend
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups (360 grams) bread flour
  • 2/3 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 tbsp butter (for brushing)
  • powder sugar

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl add 1/4 cup bread flour, 1/3 cup lukewarm water and the yeast. Mix to combine and leave at room temperature for about 5 minutes until the mixture foams and it’s almost double in volume.
  2. Add the cream cheese, egg, sugar, salt and dried fruit.
  3. With the dough hook on start mixing adding the remaining water and slowly the remaining 3 cups of bread flour.
  4. When all the flour is added increase the mixer speed to medium and let it knead the dough for 2-3 minutes. The dough should be soft and elastic and cleans itself from the sides of the bowl.
  5. With greased hands take the dough out and place it into a greased bowl. Cover with plastic foil and leave at room temperature for about 1 hour until doubled in volume.
  6. When risen, divide the dough in three, shape each piece into a log and place the mini-loaves into 3 greased paper baking pans.
  7. Cover again with plastic wrap and leave to rise for 25-30 more minutes.
  8. In the meantime, heat the oven to 375deg F (191deg C)
  9. Bake the loaves for about 30 minutes or until the smell of fresh break is talking over your kitchen.
  10. As soon as you remove the loaves form the oven brush them with butter.
  11. Leave to cool before dusting with powder sugar.