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Apricot Braids

 Apricot Braids
"These lovely yeast braids are light and tender and have a delightful apricot filling," writes Paula Wipf from Arlington, Virginia. "They're very popular with family and friends."
30 ServingsPrep: 1 hour + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2-1/4 cups chopped dried apricots
  • 1-1/2 cups water, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 5-1/2 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a saucepan, bring apricots and 1/2 cup water to a boil. Reduce
  • heat; cover and simmer until water is absorbed and fruit is tender,
  • about 20 minutes. Transfer to a food processor; add brown sugar.
  • Cover and process until smooth.
  • In a bowl, combine 2 cups of flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In a
  • saucepan, heat butter and remaining water to 120°-130°. Add
  • to dry ingredients; beat just until moistened. Add eggs; beat until
  • smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about

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Apricot Braids (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top.
  • Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 40-45
  • minutes.
  • Punch dough down; divide into thirds. On greased baking sheets; roll
  • out each portion into a 12x8-in. rectangle. Spread filling down the
  • center of each rectangle. On each long side, cut 1-in.-wide strips
  • about 2 in. into center. Starting at one end, fold alternating
  • strips at an angle across filling. Pinch ends to seal. Cover and let
  • rise for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375°. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Combine glaze ingredients;
  • drizzle over braids. Yield: 3 braids.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 220 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 29 mg cholesterol, 128 mg sodium, 44 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.