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Lemon Blueberry Braid

  • Intermediate
  • 1 loaf
  • 50 min
Baking Success Or Baking Mess


1/2 cup dried blueberries
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon peel
2-3/4 to 3 cups bread flour
1 (2-1/4 tsp.) envelope Fleischmann's® Quick Rise Yeast
3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter OR margarine
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
2 teaspoons milk
2 tablespoons sliced almonds
Lemon Glaze (Optional):
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 to 3 teaspoons lemon juice


Combine dried blueberries and lemon peel in a small bowl; set aside.

Combine 3/4 cup flour, undissolved yeast, cardamom and salt in a large mixing bowl.

Heat milk, sugar and butter to very warm (120° to 130°F, butter may not melt completely). Add to dry ingredients; beat just until moistened. Add egg and lemon extract; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.

Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 6 to 8 minutes. Knead in blueberries and lemon peel. Cover and let dough rest for 10 minutes.

Divide dough into thirds. Roll each portion into a 16-inch long rope. Place ropes on a greased baking sheet. Braid the three ropes together, tucking the ends under. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place 45 to 60 minutes or until doubled. Lightly brush with 2 teaspoons milk and sprinkle with almonds.

Bake at 375°F for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove loaf to wire rack to cool. If desired, combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over bread.

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