Thursday, June 28, 2007

Sour Cream Bread

I woke up this morning and started packing for our vacation. I wasn't enjoying it. So, I did what anyone else would do who was overwhelmed by packing...

I baked.

So, here's the result of my procrastination. My sister-in-law, Aimee, made this bread a couple of years ago for our family summer vacation. I loved it and have made it several times since. It reminds me of an Entenmann's cheese danish; just not as heavy. This will be a great treat for our road trip!

Here's the recipe...

Sour Cream Bread
recipe from Better Homes and Gardens...

2-1/4 to 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 package active dry yeast
1/2 cup dairy sour cream
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 beaten egg
1/2 of an 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 recipe Powdered Sugar Icing (see below)

1. In a large mixing bowl stir together 1 cup of the flour and the yeast. In a medium saucepan heat and stir sour cream, the 1/4 cup sugar, the water, butter or margarine, and salt just until warm (120 degrees F. to 130 degrees F.) and butter almost melts. Add sour cream mixture to flour mixture along with the egg. Beat with electric mixer on low to medium speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can.

2. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough of the remaining flour to make a moderately soft dough that is smooth and elastic (3 to 5 minutes total). Shape dough into a ball. Place dough in a lightly greased bowl; turn once. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double in size (about 1 hour).

3. Punch dough down. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface; cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, for filling, in a small mixing bowl stir together cream cheese, the 1/3 cup sugar, and vanilla; set aside. Lightly grease a baking sheet; set aside.

4. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 14x10-inch rectangle. Spread filling evenly over dough to within 1/2 inch of edges. Roll up, jelly-roll style, starting from a long side. Seal seam. Place, seam side down, on prepared baking sheet. Make 1/4-inch-deep cuts across top of loaf at 2-inch intervals. Cover; let rise in warm place for 30 minutes. Bake in a 350 degree F. oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden. If necessary, cover with foil the last 15 minutes of baking to prevent overbrowning. Cool slightly on a wire rack. Drizzle with Powdered Sugar Icing. Serve warm with fresh fruit, if desired. Makes 10 servings.

Powdered Sugar Icing: In a bowl mix 1 cup sifted powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon milk, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla. Stir in additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until the icing is easy to drizzle.


  1. Sorry... I don't buy that you made that. What's your personal chef's name? How in heck do you make dough bread and raise two young boys? And, to top it off, you're svelt.

  2. Ok, let me tell you - that is NOT what any normal person would do :) Baking? UGH! I think any normal person would give up and go shopping instead :) ha ha!

    bread looks great. I agree with emily - what are the boys doing while you do all this baking? How do you do it?

    Love that pic on the other post.

  3. Oh that looks yummy! I will have to try that one! I have two boys, too (ages 5 and 6 months - with a daughter in between the boys).

    Will be trying this recipe soon. Thanks so much for sharing it!

  4. Em and Mary,

    I'm not sure how to answer your questions in a few words, but the simple answer for today is that Jack and I baked this bread together. I measured, he poured, I kneaded, and he punched down the dough. And yes, we were both covered with flour. It was FUN! Max napped.

    Perhaps I'll blog about the whys and hows behind the cooking that I do...I'll just have to give it some thought before I do so.

  5. YUMMY!!! I may have to bake this weekend!!