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Apricot Pineapple Braid Recipe

Apricot Pineapple Braid Recipe

Our family can't wait for Christmas morning, knowing this fruit-filled favorite will be on the table. I make several extras for our friends' breakfasts, too.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 55 min. + rising Bake: 25 min. YIELD:32 servings

Ingredients

  • 4-1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Filling:
  • 2 cups chopped dried apricots
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • Glaze:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons 2% milk

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In a saucepan, heat the water, milk and butter to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat until moistened. Beat in eggs until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a stiff dough.
  • 2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • 3. Meanwhile, combine the filling ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes or until thickened. Cool.
  • 4. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Roll each half into a 16-in. x 8-in. rectangle. Place on greased baking sheets.
  • 5. Spoon filling down the center third of each rectangle. On each long side, cut 1-in.-wide strips about 2-1/2 in. into center. Starting at one end, fold alternating strips at an angle across filling. Pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • 6. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
  • 7. For glaze, combine the confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Drizzle over warm braids. Yield: 2 loaves.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 163 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 140 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.