Pamela’s christmas bread

Pamela’s Christmas Bread

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1/2 cup sugar
6 Tablespoons butter
1 egg
3-1/2 cups flour
2 packages yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup water
Christmas Bread Filling:
One 8-ounce package cream cheese
1 teaspoon lemon peel
8 ounces cottage cheese
1 egg yolk (reserve egg white)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup raisins

Dough: Combine sugar, yeast, and 1 cup flour in a large bowl. Heat butter and water until warm. Add to bowl and mix at low speed for 1 minute, then at medium speed for 2 minutes. Add egg and 3/4 cup flour. Beat 2 more minutes. Stir in 1-1/4 cup flour. Knead 8 minutes, adding 1/2 cup flour. Rise until it doubles, then punch down. Let rest 15 minutes.

Filling: Blend ingredients together and chill while dough is rising.

Shape dough into a 15 x 12-inch rectangle. Scoop filling down center. On both sides, cut 1-inch strips. Crisscross over top. Let rise until doubled again. Brush with egg white. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

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