Cinnamon Pecan Braids
Total TimePrep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
- 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
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
- 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.
- For filling, in a small bowl, cream butter and brown sugar. Stir in pecans and cinnamon; set aside.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
Nutrition Facts1 slice: 860 calories, 48g fat (25g saturated fat), 165mg cholesterol, 530mg sodium, 100g carbohydrate (50g sugars, 3g fiber), 10g protein.
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Aug 4, 2019
This is a great recipe that I have made 3 times. This last time I cut the recipe in half and made two braids instead of four. I double the nuts and only use half the glaze. Plus I make the glaze a bit thinner so it drizzles better. The baked danish is soft and tender. Wish I could add a picture, they're very appealing and hard to resist!
Feb 5, 2012
I have made this recipe 6 times. My family loves it.
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.