Sweet Braided Loaves Recipe
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Sweet Braided Loaves Recipe

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“This recipe was handed down from my grandmother. I make it for my family every year for Easter morning.” —Diane Turner, Brunswick, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + rising Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + rising Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings

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 sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5-1/2 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • GARNISH:
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 194 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 46 mg cholesterol, 93 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, sugar, butter, eggs, salt and 3 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Stir in raisins.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide dough into six portions. Shape each into a 12-in. rope. Place three ropes on a greased baking sheet and braid; pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Repeat with remaining ropes. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  4. Brush with egg; sprinkle with almonds. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks. Yield: 2 loaves (12 slices each).
Originally published as Sweet Braided Loaves in Taste of Home February/March 2009, p70

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 194 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 46 mg cholesterol, 93 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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Reviewed Mar. 8, 2011

"Every 3 weeks, I make something for the "Muffins and More" snack program at our oldest daughter's school. I decided this would be a fun recipe to try, but nuts are not allowed for allergy reasons. Instead, I added a bit of cinnamon to the dough and then sprinkled a liberal coating of cinnamon-sugar on after the egg wash. It was fantastic! This is a versatile recipe to suit tastes and I look forward to making it as written for just our family. Fruit would be a nice addition to this as well for another idea. Such a pretty and tasty treat that is impressive to look at and taste."

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Reviewed Jan. 20, 2011

"oh so good, added more almonds to top,love it"

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Reviewed May. 14, 2010

"I left out the raisins, added some anise oil. the family all loved it!"

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Reviewed Feb. 19, 2009

"This lovely loaf was a hit with my family. It is slightly sweet and oh so tender!"

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