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This cream cheese pastry comes from a magazine clipping via It is easy and delicious and lends itself to a wide variety of pastry recipes. I used it to make two nutella braids. There is no liquid in this recipe; the moisture comes entirely from the fat so there is no risk of ending up with a tough pastry. I prefer not to know its calorie count, suffice to say the fat content must be considerable. Oh but its sooooo good and could last well if it would last. Best make it for company and be sure not to eat this alone. The recipe for making 2 nutella braids is included. Happy Father’s Day!

2 cups [250g] cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup butter, at room temperature
2-1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 lightly beaten egg for egg wash
• Combine the cheese and butter in the bowl of the electric mixer and beat at medium speed until very smooth and creamy.
• Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the flour and the salt.
• Transfer to a board and knead on a lightly floured board only until the mixture clings together.
• Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
• Remove chilled dough from the fridge and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before rolling.
• Shape it as desired and fill it with your choice of filling.
• Spread with egg wash and bake in preheated 400F oven until golden brown.

To make 2 nutella braids:

1 batch of cream cheese pastry
1 cup nutella

• Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
• Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
• Divide the chilled dough into two parts.
• Roll each half into a long rectangle.

If you are not making both braids at the same time, wrap the second half of dough and freeze it for use later. Thaw in the fridge overnight.

• Spread 1/2 cup of nutella down the length of the center of each rectangle.
• Cut the sides into 1 inch strips along both sides.
• Fold the strips over diagonally to make a braid.
• Tuck the ends under.
• Place the braid on the prepared baking sheet.
• Repeat the previous steps and make the second braid.
• Lightly beat one egg and brush the braids with the egg wash.
• Bake until golden brown.





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