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Cherry Almond Braid Recipe

Cherry Almond Braid Recipe

If you want to impress guests with homemade bread but are short on time, reach for this recipe.—Darcy Hebert, Argyle, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling YIELD:8-10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/3 cup chopped maraschino cherries
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) refrigerated crescent rolls
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
  • Additional slivered almonds and maraschino cherries

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in extract. Fold in almonds and cherries; set aside.
  • 2. Unroll crescent rolls on an ungreased baking sheet; overlap long sides to make at 12-in. square. Press perforations to seal. Spread the cream cheese mixture down center third of square to within 1 in. of top and bottom; fold top and bottom edge over filling. Bring long sides over filling and overlap. Pinch seam to seal.
  • 3. Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • 4. Combine the confectioners' sugar, butter and enough milk to reach desired consistency; drizzle over top of loaf. Garnish with almonds and cherries. Yield: 8-10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 274 calories, 15 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 28 mg cholesterol, 262 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 4 g protein.