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Apple Coffee Cake Braid

 Apple Coffee Cake Braid
Holiday brunches at our house always feature this lovely braid. The dough is prepared in a bread machine, giving me time to focus on other things.
8-10 ServingsPrep: 35 min. + rising Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup warm 2% milk (70° to 80°)
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3-1/4 cups bread flour
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • FILLING:
  • 2 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons apple pie spice
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • GLAZE:
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1-1/2 to 3 teaspoons 2% milk

Directions

  • In bread machine pan, place first seven ingredients in order
  • suggested by manufacturer. Select dough setting (check dough after 5
  • minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water or flour if
  • needed).

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Apple Coffee Cake Braid (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • For filling, in a large bowl, combine apples, brown sugar, raisins,
  • flour and apple pie spice; set aside. When cycle is completed, turn
  • dough onto a lightly greased baking sheet. Roll into a 15x10-in.
  • rectangle; spread butter down the center third of rectangle. Spoon
  • filling over butter.
  • On each long side, cut 1-in.-wide strips to within 1 in. of filling.
  • Starting at one end, fold alternating strips at an angle across
  • filling; seal ends. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 40
  • minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Bake 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Cool on a wire rack. Combine confectioners' sugar, vanilla and
  • enough milk to achieve desired consistency; drizzle over coffee
  • cake. Yield: 1 coffee cake.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 366 calories, 10 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 48 mg cholesterol, 352 mg sodium, 64 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein.