Cream cheese dried fruit bread

Sweet, soft and fluffy yeast dried fruit bread made with cream cheese and dusted with powder sugar for Christmas breakfast or brunch

Sweet, soft and fluffy yeast dried fruit bread made with cream cheese and dusted with powder sugar for Christmas breakfast or brunch

When I first had the #25recipestoXmas idea I thought I’d share a week filled with holiday loaves of bread. Nothing wrong with it, right? As the time was approaching I got to a conclusion, no matter how to name the holiday bread, they are very similar.

For example Romanian have they Christmas bread Cozonac most of the time filled with fried fruit, nuts, poppy seeds. Italian Panettone is packed with dried fruit. German Stollen is jam-packed with dried fruit and most of the times marzipan. Greek Christopsomo is made usually with walnuts and raisins. Finish Pulla has cardamon and dried fruit. Czech Vánočka  is filled with fried fruit. American holiday bread is usually packed with dried cranberries and nuts and let’s not forget the fruit cake.

Do you see where I’m going? All of them have dried fruit and/or nuts and, except the Greek Christopsomo, they are all sweet. 

Cream cheese dried fruit bread recipe


It was time to change things a little bit up. I wanted to make a sweet bread, filled with dried fruit but I wanted it light and fluffy, like a brioche without the extra eggs and butter. And I cam up with not one, but two amazing bread recipes that will stay soft even after few days. They are light, brioche like fluffy and just a little sweet but with the help of cream cheese and Greek yogurt.

Today we’ll talk about the cream cheese bread recipe. I remembered the cheese buns I shared last year that the cheese gives the bread a little moisture and makes it pillow-y soft. With 4 packages of cream cheese in the fridge it was time to do some baking.

Cream cheese dried fruit bread


With a little patience after a couple of hours I pulled out of the oven three little loaves which I immediately brushed with butter. Who doesn’t love a buttery crust?

The bread turned out way better than I hoped. And since I baked them in the bake-and-give loaf pans I received from King Arthur Flour they made a wonderful gifts for tow of my friends.

Cream cheese dried fruit bread

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

2 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: 3 mini loaves

Cream cheese dried fruit bread

Sweet,soft and brioche like fluffy bread made with cream cheese and packed with dried fruit.



  1. In a mixing bowl add 1/4 cup bread flour, 1/3 cup lukewarm water and the yeast. Mix to combine and leave at room temperature for about 5 minutes until the mixture foams and it's almost double in volume.
  2. Add the cream cheese, egg, sugar, salt and dried fruit.
  3. With the dough hook on start mixing adding the remaining water and slowly the remaining 3 cups of bread flour.
  4. When all the flour is added increase the mixer speed to medium and let it knead the dough for 2-3 minutes. The dough should be soft and elastic and cleans itself from the sides of the bowl.
  5. With greased hands take the dough out and place it into a greased bowl. Cover with plastic foil and leave at room temperature for about 1 hour until doubled in volume.
  6. When risen, divide the dough in three, shape each piece into a log and place the mini-loaves into 3 greased paper baking pans.
  7. Cover again with plastic wrap and leave to rise for 25-30 more minutes.
  8. In the meantime, heat the oven to 375F.
  9. Bake the loaves for about 30 minutes or until the smell of fresh break is talking over your kitchen.
  10. As soon as you remove the loaves form the oven brush them with butter.
  11. Leave to cool before dusting with powder sugar.

For other Christmas treats check out #25recipestoXmas. You can also see the gallery on Pinterest or on Google+



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  1. says

    This bread looks super fluffy indeed. I would really like to try it. Is the recipe the same as your Cheese Buns minus the other cheeses? Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Hanna,
      I had some technical problems earlier with the recipe form showing up. It’s solved now.
      Anyhow I just saw you’re having a monthly baking challenge on your blog. What book do you have in mind for 2013? I’d love to join you!

      • says

        Hi Roxana,

        Thanks for letting me know about the technical glitch. I started to think that it was simply too early and that I hadn’t fully woken up yet, haha.

        Yes, my group ABC is a monthly baking group. You’re going to love it. For a little twist, we chose a recipe website this time instead of a book. We’re baking from!!! Isn’t that exciting? I love their products and their recipes, so this is perfect!

        I’m actually in the process of updating the ABC blog and posting the first 2-3 recipes for 2013. Stay tuned! In the meantime, I’m sending you the ABC badge and I will also add you to the blog roll. Unless you tell me otherwise, I will assume you’re “in” :o) We love having you. I really like your blog!

        Can’t wait to make the Cream Cheese Dried Fruit Bread. I love fluffy bread and so does my husband.

        Happy baking!


  2. Anne says

    For quick breads, banana bread is a favorite. For yeast breads, my favorite is potato bread, although I make rye bread more often.

  3. says

    I’m your friend, right? Just sayin’. You have all those loves of bread sitting there. :) My favorite yeast bread is honey wheat but I could easily eat a loaf of that gorgeous bread up there.

  4. Norma says

    My favorite bread to make is a no-knead bread that is baked in a cast iron dutch oven. It has a crunchy crust, but a soft, delicious interior. My husband loves this bread! And King Arthur bread flour would be perfect for it!

  5. Terri C says

    My favorite bread to make is anything with yeast in it! Dilly bread, potatoe bread, cinnamon rolls. Make a lot of bread!

  6. kesha says

    My favorite bread to make at home is cinnamon rolls. I know it is not really a bread, but it is so yummy and my whole family loves them.

  7. says

    I have a bread machine that I use a lot..I can no longer mix the bread by hand but I try all different ones, never the husband is going through chemo right now and he has no appetite so I try to find recipes that will tempt him…this looks like a great recipe..we both love fruit filled breads. I wonder if I can adapt this for the bread machine…

  8. Suzanne Perazzini says

    I have always loved dried fruit breads. They take me back to my childhood when my grandmother often made them. But there was no cream cheese in them. That sounds delicious.

  9. Emmelle says

    My favorite bread to make at home is garlic herb cheese bread but I have added this to my must make list. Sounds delicious!

  10. Michele says

    A question – do you think I could make this bread in the new breadmaker that I got for Christmas?!

    (I was told to open it early and did so happily! No peeking here!)

    • says

      Hi Michele,
      I have never used a bread machine. I’m pretty sure you can make it in the breadmachine, just follow the instruction for your breadmachine.


  11. Nicole says

    I’m dying to try your recipe with King Arthur Flour! Cream cheese, fruit and bread? How could you go wrong?! And when you add King Arthur Flour to that mix, the outcome is bound to be amazing! :)

  12. laurie p says

    GF buttermilk bread, or to give as gifts to our neighbors this Christmas we are making no-knead artisan bread in 5 minutes

  13. Judy G says

    My favorite bread to make is called Butcha,it is a Bohemian Bread that is similar to most Xmas Breads. Has raisins in it and it is devine toasted.

  14. Lora @cakeduchess says

    I’ve wanted to bake all your holiday breads you’ve shared…I can’t get enough of them. This is a beauty, Roxy!

  15. Amy S. says


    Is the yeast instant or regular? And will this recipe work as one or two larger loaves? I am trying to closely duplicate a break bread recipe from Publix that has dried fruits and walnuts and keep a similar texture.

    Thank you,


    • says

      Hi Amy,
      Most of the recipes, unless otherwise specified, use active dry yeast.

      To make two large loaves, you’ll have to double the recipe and follow the directions, keeping in mind it will take longer for the dough to double in volume

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