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Well, I happened to stumble across this website in search of any more cream cheese bread recipes. I think now any further efforts to lose a few stubborn post-honeymoon lbs are now in vain, as my enthusiasm for baking has been renewed! Especially after making this bread. A few years ago I worked for a boss who would occasionally bring in a bread from a bakery in New Jersey that had a sweet cream cheese filling throughout. I'm not yet 30, so I still have a lot to learn in the art of baking, but I have been baking since I was old enough to read my mom's cookbooks. However I had never seen a "bread" that looked and tasted so good as the one my boss would get! That bread stuck with me. I never attempted to make something similar because it just seemed to be complicated for my simple kitchen techniques. Everyone knows me as the resident baker. My husband can make a mean cheesecake, but I prefer bread, cakes, pies, cookies, and things that just speak "comfort, home, warmth, family, and kindness." The kind of baked goods you can give to a friend when they're sick, or you just want to share something from your home and heart with them. I also love trying new things and springing them on my family for lots of pride-inspiring oohs and aahs. When I got married, one of the presents I received was a bread maker. I know so many people who don't use theirs, and I just keep telling them how easy it is. I almost feel guilty when people rave over bread that I bring to social occasions or because I feel like I really didn't do anything, the bread machine did it all. So, I wanted to branch out. Get away from the "robot baker" and get my hands all goopy and floury again. My mom will be so proud of me when she tastes the bread I started yesterday and finished today. I still can't believe how wonderful it turned out. And despite being shy and apprrehensive about all of the work involved, it was really easy. A sweet yeast dough is filled with cream cheese, rolled up and baked. The recipe actually made 4 loaves after all the doubling of the dough. I am so proud of myself, and now with my schedule being free for the summer, I am going to visit this site at least once a week to get ideas and share my amateur experiences with bread. I make a mean banana bread, but I see a recipe for "better banana bread." I think I will try that by Friday. In the meantime, I can't wait to share the loaves of sweet cream cheese bread with my family and friends tonight, if there's still some left after I get done with "tasting" it.

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