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Strawberry Braid

 Strawberry Braid
Before moving to Oklahoma, I owned a catering business in Tennessee. This recipe was a favorite with my clients. I appreciate that the dough starts with a convenient hot roll mix.
10-12 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) hot roll mix
  • 1 cup strawberry jam
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons sugar

Directions

  • Prepare roll mix according to directions. While dough is resting,
  • combine the jam, apricots and walnuts in a small bowl. Turn dough
  • onto a lightly floured surface; roll into a 14-in. x 9-in.
  • rectangle. Place on a greased foil-lined baking sheet.
  • Spread filling down center third of 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. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Brush braid with butter and sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 350° for
  • 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Yield:
  • 10-12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 piece equals 246 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 265 mg sodium, 48 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.