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Apricot Braid

When I need to feed a crowd, this large lovely loaf comes in handy. Golden raisins and dried apricots give it a nicely sweet flavor while walnuts add a little crunch.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 loaf (16 slices each)

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup warm whole milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup chopped golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 4-1/4 to 4-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Vanilla Glaze

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, sugar, shortening and salt; beat until smooth. Add the egg, raisin, apricots, walnuts, lemon zest and 1 cup flour; mix well. Stir in 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 top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/4 hours.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into five portions. Shape each portion into an 18-in. rope. Place three ropes on a greased baking sheet; braid. Pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Twist the two remaining ropes together. Pinch ends to seal. Place on top of braid; tuck ends under. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool. Drizzle with Vanilla Glaze.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 224 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 311mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.
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