Raspberry Cream Cheese Pull Apart Bread

by Anthony Salemme, contributing chef

As the loaf bakes, the raspberry preserves caramelizes the outside edges while the cream cheese interior stays soft and tender. 

Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour

1 cup lukewarm water, enough to make a soft, smooth dough

2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

2 teaspoons yeast

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup nonfat dry milk

1/4 cup instant mashed potato flakes

1 egg slightly beaten


1 8-ounce Cabot cream cheese softened

¼ cup sugar

6 ounces raspberry preserves

Mix together until smooth

To make the dough: Combine all of the dough ingredients and mix and knead — by hand, mixer, or bread machine — to make a soft, smooth dough. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover, and let it rise for 60 minutes, until it’s nearly doubled in bulk.

Divide the dough into four equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball, cover the balls, and allow them to rest for 15 minutes.

On a lightly greased or floured work surface, roll one piece of dough into a 10″ circle. Place the circle on a piece of parchment, brush a thin coat of beaten egg on the surface, then evenly spread with 1/3 of raspberry cream cheese filling, leaving 1/4″ of bare dough around the perimeter.

Roll out a second circle the same size as the first and place it on top of the filling-covered circle. Repeat the layering process, leaving the top circle bare.

Place a 2 1/2″ to 3″ round cutter in the center of the dough circle as a guide. With a bench knife or sharp knife, cut the circle into 16 equal strips, from the cutter to the edge, through all the layers.

Using two hands, pick up two adjacent strips and twist them away from each other twice so that the top side is facing up again. Repeat with the remaining strips of dough so that you end up with eight pairs of strips. Pinch the pairs of strips together to create a star-like shape with eight points. Remove the cutter.

Transfer the star on the parchment to a baking sheet. Cover the star and let it rise until it becomes noticeably puffy, about 45 minutes.

While the star is rising, preheat the oven to 400°F. Brush the star with a thin coat of the beaten egg. Bake it for 12 to 15 minutes, until it’s nicely golden with dark brown cinnamon streaks; the center should register 200°F on a digital thermometer.

Remove the loaf from the oven and allow it to cool for about 10 minutes before serving.

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