Guava Cheese Braided Bread

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A favorite from my bakery days, guava cheese braided bread is a sweet braided bread filled with sweet guava and cream cheese – a classic Cuban flavor combination!

Guava Cheese Braided Bread is a Cuban twist on a brunch favorite! This easy sweet bread makes a lovely breakfast, snack, dessert, or neighbor gift! Get the recipe and a video tutorial on GoodieGodmother.com

This recipe is going up on the blog by request of one of my former bakery clients. Whenever I would have the guava cheese braided breads on the menu, she’d have me set at least one aside for her to pick up. As much as I love blogging, I do miss the lovely conversations and relationships I built at the farmer’s market with my little pink tent. So of course, when {S} requested that I share the recipe, I decided it would make it on the blog, because why not? I hope you enjoy this glimpse into the Goodie Godmother’s “vault” recipes.

Guava Cheese Braided Bread is a Cuban twist on a brunch favorite! This easy sweet bread makes a lovely breakfast, snack, dessert, or neighbor gift! Get the recipe and a video tutorial on GoodieGodmother.com

The bread itself is very simple, it’s a sweet brioche bread recipe that lends itself well to a variety of fillings. In fact, the other braided breads I would make were just variations on this recipe. I like that this particular bread is friendly to new bread bakers as you can “see” each step clearly as it happens and it’s not particularly fussy, you can make it by hand or let a stand mixer do most of the work. When I make braided breads now, I typically make a double batch and place one loaf in the freezer and leave the other for baking that day. In fact, that’s what I did to prepare for the 4th of July weekend when we had guests over!

Guava Cheese Braided Bread is a Cuban twist on a brunch favorite! This easy sweet bread makes a lovely breakfast, snack, dessert, or neighbor gift! Get the recipe and a video tutorial on GoodieGodmother.com

These are long loaves, and often go end to end on my baking sheets. If you don’t have a baking sheet long enough for the length of your dough, flip your sheet over, place your parchment paper or silicone mat along the bottom of the sheet and then lay the loaf diagonally across the baking sheet. That way you won’t end up with crispy edges because the bread has been in contact with the baking sheet “lip” if you’re using a jelly roll style pan.

The “braid” that goes around the filling is created by crossing over strands cut out on either side of the loaf. It’s easier to demonstrate than it is to explain, so I’ve made you a video:

The filling for the guava cheese braid is actually very very simple. Cut cream cheese into slice, and layer along the middle third of your loaf, then top with sliced guava paste. You can find guava sold in blocks or rounds in the Hispanic food section at your grocery store. If you can’t find that, guava jelly may be used as a substitute. One day I’ll post how to make your own, but it’s a bit of a process, so buying is much easier if you can find it.

Guava Cheese Braided Bread is a Cuban twist on a brunch favorite! This easy sweet bread makes a lovely breakfast, snack, dessert, or neighbor gift! Get the recipe and a video tutorial on GoodieGodmother.com

I hope you enjoy this guava cheese braided bread recipe!

Guava Cheese Braided Bread is a Cuban twist on a brunch favorite! This easy sweet bread makes a lovely breakfast, snack, dessert, or neighbor gift! Get the recipe and a video tutorial on GoodieGodmother.com

Guava Cheese Braided Bread

Course: Brunch
Prep Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours
Servings: 1 loaf
Author: Goodie Godmother
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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup warm water 74 g
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp yeast 5g
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 30 g
  • 6 tbsp sour cream 84 g
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter softened (113 g)
  • 2 eggs separated
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar 50 g
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour plus more for sprinkling (300 g)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened (113 g)
  • 7 ounces guava paste 200 g

Instructions

  1. Combine the warm water, teaspoon of sugar, yeast, and 1/4 cup flour in your mixing bowl. Stir to combine, then cover with plastic wrap and set aside 10-15 minutes until foamy. In the meantime, measure/weigh the rest of your ingredients.
  2. When the yeast mixture is ready, add the rest of the sugar, sour cream, butter, 1 of the eggs, salt, vanilla extract, and 1 cup of flour. Stir to combine.
  3. Add the additional flour and continue to knead 5-6 minutes until the dough is smooth. You may do this by hand or using a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook on low speed.
  4. When the dough is smooth, place in a greased bowl, cover with the plastic wrap, and allow to rise for about 1 hour in a warm, draft free spot, until just about doubled in size.
  5. Roll out your dough into a long rectangle on a lightly floured work surface, mentally divide in 3 length-wise, and cut strips of "fringe" along the edges of the dough. Fill with the cream cheese and guava, then fold into a braid following the method shown in the video in the post.
  6. At this time, you may transfer the bread to the freezer for later. Skip this step if you are not freezing the bread! If you are freezing the bread, place it in the freezer 1-2 hours to freeze solid, then wrap well in plastic wrap. To thaw, unwrap and place in the refrigerator overnight and then remove to room temperature to complete the instructions for the second rise and bake.
  7. Set the bread on a parchment paper or silicone baking mat lined sheet and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let rise another 45 minutes to 1 hour until quite puffy. Towards the end of the baking time, preheat your oven to 365 F (185 C, gas mark 5) and beat the remaining egg in a bowl with a tsp of water.
  8. Brush the egg wash over your loaf of bread and bake for 28-35 minutes until the bread is baked through and a light golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to rest 10 minutes before slicing.

 

Guava Cheese Braided Bread is a Cuban twist on a brunch favorite! This easy sweet bread makes a lovely breakfast, snack, dessert, or neighbor gift! Get the recipe and a video tutorial on GoodieGodmother.com

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3 Comments on Guava Cheese Braided Bread

  1. Brian Jones
    August 1, 2016 at 3:35 am (10 months ago)

    Look at you being all flash, this is the sort of thing that intimidates the crap out of me, I really struggle and take little joy out of cooking things I can’t taste as I am cooking… But the flip side is that this looks so good that I have to go hunting for ingredients 😮

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  2. Whitney
    July 31, 2016 at 12:41 pm (10 months ago)

    Your breadmaking skillz are impressive Mary! If I made this I think I’d eat it in a day! It looks perfect!

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  3. Byron Thomas
    July 29, 2016 at 10:38 am (10 months ago)

    You’re killing me with this! Sour cream and cream cheese in the same recipe? I’m in love! 🙂 And, that’s one rockin’ braid you’ve got happenin’ there!

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