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Raspberry Butter Braids

 Raspberry Butter Braids
Looking for an eye-catching sweet bread to give as a gift? With tender, raspberry-filled layers, this lovely, two-loaf recipe is sure to impress.—Robin Stout, Amherstview, Ontario
30 ServingsPrep: 1 hour + rising Bake: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • EGG WASH:
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • GLAZE:
  • 1-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons water

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add milk, butter,
  • sugar, egg, salt and 2 cups flour; beat until smooth. Add enough
  • remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about
  • 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the

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Raspberry Butter Braids (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide dough
  • in half. On greased baking sheets, roll each portion into a
  • 14x12-in. rectangle. Cut each rectangle into three 14x4-in. strips.
  • Spoon 2 tablespoons jam down the center of each strip. Bring long
  • edges together over filling; pinch to seal. Braid three strips
  • together; pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Repeat with the
  • remaining strips. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45
  • minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Beat egg and water; brush over loaves. Bake
  • 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to wire racks.
  • For glaze, combine confectioners' sugar, butter, vanilla and enough
  • water to achieve desired consistency. Brush over warm loaves. Yield:
  • 2 loaves (15 slices each).
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 163 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 81 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein.