Braided Strawberry Cream Cheese Bread

braided strawberry cream cheese bread

My SIL made this Braided Strawberry Cream Cheese Bread for our family and it was gone before we even knew it! My mouth is watering as I think about it! This recipe is a must try! I’ll post the recipe first without pictures so it is more printer-friendly, but a step by step process pictured process will follow for those “visual learners” like me.



  • 1/2 c. butter, softened
  • 1/2 c. warm water
  • 2 tbs. yeast
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4-5 1/2 c. flour

Cream Cheese Filling

  • 8oz softened cream cheese
  • 1/3 c. powdered sugar


  • 1 lb powdered sugar
  • 1/2 c. butter (melted)
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 tsp. milk


  • 1 can of strawberry pie filling (or you can use cherry if you’d like!)


Make the Dough

  1. Mix yeast in water, let dissolve.
  2. Add sugar, butter, milk & eggs. Mix together.
  3. Add salt to flour & stir well.
  4. Add 2 cups of flour at a time until the dough is a smooth mixture- just a little sticky.
  5. Knead until smooth.
  6. Let dough rise 1 1/2 hours, punch down, let rise 10-15 minutes.

Form the Bread

  1. Divide your dough into 3 balls.
  2. Roll each ball of dough into a rectangle.
  3. Spread 1/3 of the cream cheese filling down the center of each rectangle.
  4. Spread 1/3 of pie filling on top of cream cheese filling.

Braid the Bread

  1. Cut 1″ strips all the way down each long side of dough from the edge of the filling to the outer edge of the dough to weave with.
  2. Braid the bread by starting with the strips in each top corner, laying them over the filling and criss crossing over each other.
  3. Continue braiding and tuck the last braid under when you get to the end.

Bake It

  1. Gently pick up the braided loafs and place them on a greased cookie sheet.
  2. Let the braids rise for 15-30 minutes.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes until golden brown.

Frost It

  1. When cool, spread the frosting on the top. (This bread actually tastes delicious even without it, but if you’re looking for something even sweeter, frosting will do the trick!)

Serve and enjoy! :)

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This post originally published on Somewhat Simple in January 2010.

Wife, mom of 5, and creator of Somewhat Simple, Stephanie has a passion to create and inspire. She is an Orange County transplant who is now enjoying life in Phoenix, AZ. She enjoys traveling, shopping, organizing, cooking and creating simple projects for her home and family.
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  1. Bird says

    D'you know, I am rubbish at baking bread!!!Each time it takes at least 3 attempts….

    This looks sooo yummy, it's too much temptation!!! :)

  2. Heather says

    OH MY GOSH! That looks so amazing Steph!! Is it really somewhat simple to make? As in, actually simple? Because that's really all I can do. Really.

    I am not kidding.

    But I'd be willing to stretch for as yummy as this looks.

    I posted a recipe today for scones. Mine didn't turn out like the picture on the website. Maybe you could try them and see if you have better results? You are way better than me at this "stuff"…

  3. littlestbumblebee says

    mmmm… looks Delish!!

    So I didn't realize that you were right here in Phoenix, and really not that far from me at all. We are having another "crafternoon" this Saturday at my house in Surprise, and if you're up to it… we'd love to have you join us. We are going to be making conversation heart topiaries and valentine cupcake liner wreaths. If you're interested just shoot me a note and I'll get you my address and fill you in on what you need to bring!

    Happy crafting,

  4. Lisa@BlessedwithGrace says

    Wow, that looks wonderful!! So glad you joined us for Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, this week. Your have a great blog. I enjoyed visiting your site, today.

  5. Miss Mustard Seed says

    Oh my, there is no way I could make this because I would eat the entire thing by myself. Thanks for nothing, Steph!

  6. Meghan says

    This looks and sounds delicious, but I'm worried that it's one of those things that if I make it, I would eat the whole thing.

  7. says

    Oh yum! This is not fair to tease a pregnant woman with photos of such yummy desserts! Looks very good! Can't wait to try it myself!

  8. Lori says

    That looks yummy!

    Thanks for joining my party Get your craft on Thurs. I hope you join me next week. Mr. Linky disappeared for a while tonight I thought I lost all of my guest, but it finally came back. I will not be using Mr. Linky anymore!

  9. Anne says

    I can't believe how amazingly yummy this looks. All I am missing is cream cheese. I have got to try it.

    Thanks for linking!


  10. The Phillips Place says

    Oh my goodness.. what a terrible thing to read at 10 at night! Now I want to eat!

    This looks so yummy… I'm thinking it would be a sweet Valentine's Day treat :).

  11. too Blessed to Stress says

    i have made a braided bread very similar to this recipe. My husband just devours it warm! he always wants one to take to the office, but then decides he would rather not share and takes something else instead! ha!

    ~ Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"

  12. annalea says

    yummo! i so need to make that. but must have lots of guests present so i don't eat it all myself in one sitting. :)

  13. Katherine says

    This looks delicious and easy to make! Do you think it could be frozen after assembly, before it is baked?

    • Stephanie says

      I’ve never tried freezing it- we usually can’t wait to get it in the oven!