Twisted Sweet Bread Recipe (VIDEO)

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.

I hope you loved the recipe for this Twisted Sweet Bread filled with raspberry jam and cream cheese.

Leave us feedback in the comments below if you give the recipe a try, we do appreciate it. 🙂

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5 from 9 votes

Twisted Sweet Bread Recipe

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 Time22 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Rise Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Russian
Keyword: sweet bread
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 455kcal
Author: Valentina's Corner




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 16x12” 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. 
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.

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Show 29 Comments
  • Susan McCarthy 11/03/2019, 10:54 am Link Reply

    This recipe looks delicious but can you make this partially the night before and refrig or freeze to cook the next day?

    • Valentina's Corner 11/03/2019, 8:16 pm Link Reply

      Honestly, Susan, we’ve never tested to see if that would work but if you give it a try, please let us know how it goes. 🙂

  • Ira 11/02/2019, 9:32 pm Link Reply

    I’ve made this many times now…we can’t get enough! It’s so so good and evening better the next day. Thanks for this amazing recipe!!

    One question…does it matter if it’s instant or active yeast? I’ve used both with great results but just wondering what you use?

    • Valentina's Corner 11/03/2019, 10:44 am Link Reply

      Ira, that makes me so happy. We just made a video for this recipe, that’s how much we love it too. You can use both, instant will just need to be added to flour and won’t require as much rise time. 🙂

  • Lidiya Den 10/13/2019, 10:23 am Link Reply

    Yum!! So easy and delicious! I threw all the ingredients into the bread machine after the yeast activated and saved myself the trouble of mixing the dough 🙂 I was wondering if I could leave it whole instead of cutting and twisting it? Would it still bake all the way through? I had some trouble with the twisting and seemed like a lot of the filling came out during the twisting. Either way.. great recipe!

    • Valentina's Corner 10/15/2019, 10:56 am Link Reply

      We are making a video of the twisting part, hopefully that will help.
      Though we’ve never tried it, I think it would be just fine to leave it whole, you make need to cover it with foil and allow a few extra mixtures of baking to make sure the center is fully baked. Thanks so much for trying our recipe, Lidya.

  • Inna N 10/08/2019, 10:34 am Link Reply

    I never leave reviews but after making this I just have to! It was so easy to make, and tastes out of this world! The dough is incredibly soft, it’s like biting into a cloud even on the next day. I have to force myself to stop eating it cuz I could eat the whole thing in one sitting. I’d love to make this with poppy seeds, do you have a good poppyseed filling recipe?
    PS you should do a tutorial on how you twist it because I also struggled a little with that part.

    • Valentina's Corner 10/08/2019, 3:07 pm Link Reply

      You’re so sweet and your comment totally put a huge smile on my face! I’m so glad you enjoyed the sweet bread. Poppyseed filling is on our life of things to create, in the meantime, check out this POPPY SEED babka.

  • Venera 09/16/2019, 6:05 pm Link Reply

    Looks amazing! Will give it a try!

    • Valentina's Corner 09/16/2019, 9:19 pm Link Reply

      I hope you love the recipe, Venera. It truly is a treat.

  • Oksana 08/18/2019, 2:53 pm Link Reply

    This is delicious! Thank you for a perfect recipe. Turns out great everytime.

    • Valentina's Corner 08/19/2019, 8:38 am Link Reply

      Thank you for the great feedback, Oksana. This is is so good and I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

  • jessica 08/05/2019, 1:57 pm Link Reply

    Have you tried baking it without cutting the dough? Thanks

  • Kandy Boble 07/19/2019, 5:29 pm Link Reply

    When you cut the bread on either side the jam dsnt ooze?? I’m making this today!

    • Valentina's Corner 07/19/2019, 6:38 pm Link Reply

      Not really. It may in some areas that have a thicker layer. Once dusted with powdered sugar though, you can’t even notice it. I can’t wait for you to try this. You’re in for a treat! Enjoy, Kandy.

  • Heather 07/06/2019, 6:41 am Link Reply

    Great recipe glad that I was not the only one who didn’t quite get the “twist” right. Still tasted amazing.
    We will either have to freeze some or share as it makes such a generous amount.

    • Valentina's Corner 07/07/2019, 9:57 pm Link Reply

      I’m sorry, Heather. I’ll have to do a video on how I got it to twist. 🙂
      Also, you can freeze some but sharing the bread with neighbors sounds lovely.

  • Oksy 03/22/2019, 2:57 pm Link Reply

    Thank you for another amazing recipe!! I did also have some trouble with making it look as good as yours, but the outcome didnt affect the taste 🙂 I also doubled the recipe right off because I just knew my family would love this!!

    • Valentina's Corner 03/22/2019, 11:28 pm Link Reply

      Next time, Oksy. Practice makes perfect. 🙂 Next time I make this sweet bread, I’ll record a video to share. Thanks for visiting our online home.

  • Margarita 02/28/2019, 3:40 pm Link Reply

    I’m so glad I took the time to make this! It was delicious!

    • Valentina's Corner 03/01/2019, 12:09 pm Link Reply

      That’s wonderful, Margarita. I’m so glad you liked the sweet bread. It really is a great recipe. 🙂 Stop by and visit our online home again. 🙂

  • Kate 02/25/2019, 5:13 pm Link Reply

    I have now made this sweet bread twice. I double the recipe which makes 2 rolls and then I have some for the freezer! Love the cream cheese filling. Thanks?

    • Valentina's Corner 02/26/2019, 12:44 am Link Reply

      Your feedback is awesome. Making this lady feel pretty special, haha. I’m so glad you enjoyed this bread. I must agree, that cream cheese surprise just makes the bread BOMB delicious. Do visit our online home again. 🙂

  • Brielle 02/07/2019, 1:39 pm Link Reply

    Made this yesterday…your pictures looked so good, I doubled the recipe ? Truth is; this sweet bread tastes even better than it looks. I had trouble ‘twisting’ the rolls so they don’t look as pretty as yours but they are so DELICIOUS! I especially love the cream cheese in the filling. Thanks for another great recipe Valentina. Maybe you can do a video for this one showing how you do the twisting.

    • Valentina's Corner 02/08/2019, 12:38 am Link Reply

      Thanks for the awesome feedback on the sweet bread. I am with you on the cream cheese, such a wonderful surprise!
      Thanks for the suggestion of a video, note taken. 🙂 And thank you for being apart of our online home.

  • Karly 02/06/2019, 1:27 pm Link Reply

    This bread looks so delicious! My family will love it!!

    • Valentina's Corner 02/06/2019, 7:40 pm Link Reply

      Thank you, Karly! This sweet bread is a keeper recipe. 🙂

  • Mom's Dish 02/04/2019, 1:08 pm Link Reply

    We are huge fans for homemade breads. We barely ever buy bread because I think nothing ever lives up to homemade. I love all the useful tips you have made for the twisted bread dough. My favorite part about twisted bread is the layers it creates, its more flaky. Great recipe!

    • Valentina's Corner 02/04/2019, 4:31 pm Link Reply

      Thanks, Natalya! We love this sweet bread. I especially have a weakness for cream cheese so this recipe makes me very happy, haha!

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