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Sweet Almond Braid

  • Expert
  • 1 coffee cake
  • 50 min
Baking Success Or Baking Mess

Ingredients

Dough
3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 (2-1/4 tsp.) envelope Fleischmann's® Quick Rise Yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup butter OR margarine
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Almond Filling
1-1/2 cups finely chopped almonds
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons butter OR margarine, melted
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 egg, slightly beaten
Egg Glaze
1 egg white
1 teaspoon water
Almond Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 to 2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Sliced almonds

Instructions

Combine 1 cup flour, sugar, undissolved yeast and salt in a large bowl. Heat milk, water and butter until very warm (120° to 130°F). Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of an electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Add eggs, vanilla and 1 cup flour; beat 2 minutes at high speed. Stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes. Cover; let rest 10 minutes.


Divide dough into 3 equal pieces; roll each piece to 18 x 6-inch rectangle. Spread 1/3 of the Almond Filling over each rectangle, leaving 1/2-inch border. Starting at long side, roll up tightly as for jelly roll. Pinch seam and ends to seal. Braid the 3 dough rolls; pinch ends and tuck under to seal. Place on greased baking sheet. Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.


Combine egg white and water; brush over braid. Bake in preheated 350°F oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until done.


Remove from baking sheet; cool on wire rack. Drizzle with Almond Glaze; sprinkle with almond slices.


Almond Filling: Combine almonds, sugar, butter, almond extract, vanilla and egg in a medium bowl. Stir to blend.


Almond Glaze: Combine powdered sugar, almond extract and enough milk to reach desired consistency.


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