Lemon Bread
  • Sponge:
  • ¾ C warm water
  • 2 t sugar
  • 1 T instant yeast
  • ½ C flour
  • Dough:
  • All of the sponge
  • ¾ C plain or vanilla yogurt
  • ½ C unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • ½ C sugar
  • 2 t salt
  • 2 t vanilla
  • 5 C Flour
  • Cream Cheese filling:
  • ⅔ C cream cheese, softened
  • ½ C sugar
  • ½ C sour cream
  • 2 t fresh lemon juice
  • ½ C flour
  • ½ C prepared lemon curd
  • Egg wash:
  • 1 egg whisked with 1 t water
  • Coarse sugar
  1. In a small bowl, combine the sponge ingredients, stir well to combine and cover with plastic wrap
  2. Set aside for 15 minutes until the sponge gets all bubbly and happy
  3. Place the sponge in a mixing bowl with the yogurt, butter, eggs, sugar, salt, vanilla and 4½ C of the flour
  4. Mix with a stand mixer until it is a rough shaggy mess (see pic below)
  5. Switch to a dough hook or turn it out on the counter, and knead until the dough comes together nicely and springs back when you poke it
  6. If using the dough hook, which is soooo much easier, knead the dough about six minutes on speed 2, add flour in both cases if needed to make a soft smooth dough
  7. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl
  8. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit in a warm place for about an hour and a half or until the dough has nearly doubled
  9. When it has almost finished rising, make the cream cheese mixture by combining all the filling ingredients, except the lemon curd, in a small bowl
  10. When the dough has finish rising, gently deflate it and cut it in half
  11. Roll ½ of the dough on parchment paper into roughly a 10 x 15 in inch rectangle
  12. Cut into three lengthwise strips and spread half the cream cheese mixture on the center strip, followed by ½ of the lemon curd
  13. Braid the dough like you would braid hair, tucking and adjusting as necessary
  14. Repeat with the other half of the dough
  15. Brush both loaves with the egg wash and sprinkle with the coarse sugar
  16. Bake in a preheated 375 oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown
Recipe by The Rocky Mountain Woman at https://therockymountainwoman.com/king-arthur-flour-and-lemon-bread/