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Make Your Own Bread Braid

Impress everyone at the table with a homemade bread braid that's delicious and gorgeous. (They don't need to know how easy it was to make.)

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Does your family like cream cheese and bagels? I'm going to show you something that uses a basic bread dough, and transforms it into a beautiful loaf that has the cream cheese and the jam already built in. I've just got my bread dough, and I just rolled it out on my baking sheet here. You want a nice rectangle. And then all I'm going to do is take some softened cream cheese, and spread it down the center. You want to divide it into thirds; and then you'll have a third plane go and then your cream cheese down the center, make it as thick and creamy as you want. And then I like to add jam, but you could try honey if you didn't want jam. Or you could even just do a simple sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar. And you don't want it to be too thick of a layer, or it'll start seeping out of the sides but a little of that is kind of fun too. And now comes the fun part. I'm going to make a braid using this dough, but it's really simple. I just have my kitchen shears and I'm just going to make diagonal slips from the outside in toward the jam and cream cheese. So, you do this all the way down both sides, and you want to leave about an inch space between each cut. Alright, so now once we have our cuts made, we're going to start braiding. And this is very simple. So you just start at the top and you just go side to side every other. So, we're going to start there, you don't necessarily have to pinch them together. And I like to go diagonal a little bit, just so that it comes out all pretty and nice. And they'll overlap a little bit which is nice, that'll keep them together while I bake. And then once you get to the end you've kind of got this left over dough, I just kind of pull it toward the center rather than making a diagonal fold. I like to put it on a foil line baking sheet, because then if the jam does ooze out a little bit, it makes for really quick clean up. And another thing that I like to do is brush the top of the bread dough with a little bit of egg wash. So, just beat out the little egg, brush it over the top and it really makes it nice, shiny, and golden. So, I hope you tried this next time you want a really fun and quick breakfast treat.