Lemon Almond Poppyseed Braid

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Prep Time: 20-30 min.
Bake Time: 30 min.
Servings: 8-12
Difficulty: Intermediate

A beautiful braid that will stun the table. Filled with a sweet and tart lemon filling accented with the flavor of almond.


18 Rhodes dinner rolls
1 cup lemon curd
1/2 cup sugar
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1 Tablespoon poppyseed
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup of sugar

1 cup powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons of lemon juice


Mix together lemon curd, sugar, cream cheese, lemon zest, poppyseeds, and almond extract.

Spray counter lightly with cooking spray. Combine rolls and roll into a 13 x 18-inch rectangle. Leaving 2 inches at the top and bottom clean, spread lemon filling lengthwise in a 4-inch strip down the center of the dough.

Make cuts 1 1/2 inches apart on long sides of dough to within 1/2-inch of filling. Begin braid by folding top and bottom strips toward filling. Then braid strips left over right. Finish by pulling last strip over and tucking under braid.

Lift braid with both hands and place on a large sprayed baking sheet. Brush with egg and top with 1/4 cup of sugar.

Bake at 350ºF 30-35 minutes.

While baking, mix together powdered sugar and lemon juice to make icing. Remove braid from oven and ice while warm. Refrigerate braid until cooled. Slice and serve cold.

  • Veronica Blake
    May 9, 2019

    I’m still waiting on the free coupons you offered me.

    • Debbie from Rhodes
      May 9, 2019

      Veronica, that coupon is on it’s way! Thanks for keeping us on our toes! Happy Baking!

  • May 9, 2019

    This reminds me of a Danish from entenmann’s that we can’t get anymore – will have to try it!

  • Carolyn brown
    May 10, 2019

    Is it possible to substitute a fruit pie filling instead of the lemon ? Thank you

  • Terry Griffith
    May 13, 2019

    Never tried it but it sure looks good and yummy

  • Roberta Boylan
    May 13, 2019

    What is lemon curd?

    • Debbie from Rhodes
      May 13, 2019

      Lemon curd is similar to pie filling but smoother and with a more intense filling. You can make it yourself or you can find in your local grocery store. Enjoy!

  • Ann paxton
    May 13, 2019

    What is Lemon curd

    • Debbie from Rhodes
      May 13, 2019

      Lemon curd is similar to pie filling but is smoother with a more intense flavor. You can buy already prepared from your grocer or there are recipes that you can find on line to make it yourself. Enjoy!

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