Twisted Sweet Bread Recipe. Soft sweet twisted bread filled with raspberry jam and a cream cheese filling. The combination of soft dough with jam and cream cheese is heavenly.

If you like this sweet bread recipe, try our Poppy Seed Roulade or the popular Cherry Cheesecake Buns.

Sweet bread recipe filled with jam and a cream cheese mixture.

twisted sweet bread recipe-

This homemade dough is going to become your favorite dough for sweet bread, buns or rolls. The dough is so easy and quick to prepare and it comes out perfect every time. The jam and cream cheese filling adds so much flavor to the sweet bread.

Enjoy the twisted bread while it’s still warm with a cup of cold milk.

Sliced of Sweet bread recipe with jam and cream cheese inside the bread.

how to make dough for twisted bread-

  • In a saucepan, combine the sugar, milk oil and butter, heat until warm. TIP: If the milk mixture gets too hot, allow it to cool down before adding the eggs and yeast.
  • Whisk in eggs and yeast. Allow yeast to activate, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Add sifted flour and mix until well combined. The dough will feel soft, pliable and slightly sticky. TIP: All flour is different, add a few tablespoons of flour at a time if the dough is really sticky.
  • Cover and set aside to rise until doubled in size.
How to make the dough for this sweet bread recipe.

how to make twisted sweet bread-

  • Prepare cream cheese filling.
  • NOTE: You want to roll out the dough in parchment paper so you don’t have to transfer the bread once it’s shaped.
  • Generously cover the working surface with flour. Add the dough. Add more flour to the top of the dough. TIP: Dough will be really soft, for best results, keep working area coated with flour so the dough doesn’t stick to the countertop or rolling pin.
  • Roll the out dough.
  • Add cream cheese and jam. TIP: You can add more jam than the indicated amount.
  • Roll the dough tightly in a log, transfer the log onto the baking sheet with the parchment paper.
Step by step instructions. How to fill the sweet bread with cream cheese and jam.
  • With kitchen shears, cut the dough on either side of the log and twist dough. TIP: When cutting, cut between dough between slashes on the opposite side (see picture).
  • Let bread rise, brush the top with egg wash.
  • Bake and ENJOY!

TIP: When making slashes with the scissors, be sure to cut to the center of the bread or else the dough inside of the bread may not bake through in the center with the heavy filling. You don’t want uncooked bread, not very pleasant! 😉

NOTE: Kitchen shears are amazing and make cooking so much easier. If you don’t have a pair, I’d highly recommend you get a pair. THESE are the shears we have but you can purchase a less expensive pair. We use them on a regular basis in the kitchen.

How to form this sweet bread recipe, cutting and arranging the bread with jam and cream cheese.

what kind of jam can I use?

We used raspberry jam but you can use your favorite jam in this recipe. Apricot is another favorite of ours. However, strawberry, blackberry, blueberry or peach also are a great combination with the cream cheese.

how to store braided bread?

Keep bread covered and at room temperature up to 2 days. TIP: Reheat in the microwave or toaster oven before serving if warm bread is desired.

Jam and cream cheese filled sweet bread recipe on a board with slices and a glass of milk.

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Twisted Sweet Bread Recipe

Author: Valentina
5 from 23 votes
Twisted Sweet Bread Recipe. Fluffy and soft sweet twisted bread filled with raspberry jam and cream cheese. The combination of soft dough with jam and cream cheese is heavenly.
Prep Time: 22 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Rise Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings



  • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp active dry yeast
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, measured then sifted (see note)


  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup jam

egg topping

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp water


  • In a saucepan, heat the sugar, milk, butter and oil. Once warm, remove from heat and whisk in beaten eggs. 
  • Add yeast and lightly mix. Cover bowl and allow to sit for 3-5 minutes until yeast activates.
  • Add in sifted flour and mix until flour is well incorporated. Cover and set aside to rise at room temperature for 1 hour.
  • In a bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar.
  • NOTE: Be sure to roll out and shape the dough on parchment paper for easier transferring. Generously dust parchment paper with flour, add the dough. Add more flour to the top of the dough.
  • Gently roll out the dough into a rectangle about 16×12” in size, adding more flour as needed so the dough doesn't stick to the rolling pin. The dough will be slightly sticky.
  • Generously add the jam and cream cheese in rows, see picture.
  • Gently roll up the dough to form a log and place seam underneath. 
  • Pinch edges of log and tuck under so the filling doesn’t ooze out.
  • Transfer bread with parchment paper to the baking sheet.
  • With kitchen shears, cut bread on both sides, see the picture. Twist the pieces that are cut.
  • Whisk together egg and water, brush tops of bread.
  • Allow bread to rise 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake for 17-19 minutes, until the top of the bread is golden.
  • Enjoy.


If you don’t have a large baking sheet, shape dough into two smaller portions.
Note: All flour is different. Add a few additional tablespoons of flour at a time if needed to achieve the described dough consistency. 
TIP: Reheat the sweet bread in the microwave or toaster oven before serving if you want warm bread. 


455kcal Calories67g Carbs9g Protein16g Fat8g Saturated Fat102mg Cholesterol136mg Sodium172mg Potassium1g Fiber30g Sugar595IU Vitamin A2.8mg Vitamin C75mg Calcium2.4mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Twisted Sweet Bread Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 455 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 102mg34%
Sodium 136mg6%
Potassium 172mg5%
Carbohydrates 67g22%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 30g33%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 595IU12%
Vitamin C 2.8mg3%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)