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Cinnamon Pecan Braids Recipe

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Whenever there's a bake sale, I make these braids. They're so eye-catching that most of the loaves get snapped up by the people working the sale! —Connie Dahmer, Marion, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110° to 115°), dvided
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • FILLING:
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • GLAZE:
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 860 calories, 48 g fat (25 g saturated fat), 165 mg cholesterol, 530 mg sodium, 100 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 10 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup warm water. Add eggs and remaining water; mix well. In another bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly. Beat into yeast mixture (do not knead). Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. For filling, in a small bowl, cream butter and brown sugar. Stir in pecans and cinnamon; set aside.
  3. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface; divide into four portions. Roll each into a 12-in. x 9-in. x rectangle on a greased baking sheet. Spread filling lengthwise down center third of each rectangle.
  4. One each long side, cut 3/4-in.-wide strips to the center to within 1/2 in. of the filling. Starting at one end, fold alternately strips at an angle across filling. Pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour (dough will not double).
  5. Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly before removing from pans to wire racks. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over cooled braids. Yield: 4 loaves.
Originally published as Cinnamon Pecan Braids in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2001, p160

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 860 calories, 48 g fat (25 g saturated fat), 165 mg cholesterol, 530 mg sodium, 100 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 10 g protein.

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Reviewed Feb. 5, 2012

I have made this recipe 6 times. My family loves it.

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Reviewed Sep. 22, 2010

This really is a terrific recipe. It was pretty easy to make. The only change I would make would be to scale up the filling to 1 1/2 or 2 times the original. The more filling, the better is my opinion. These turned out quite tasty indeed.

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