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Eggs Benedict Brunch Braid

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. Bake: 20 min.

Makes

8 servings

I make this ahead and serve it for Christmas morning breakfast. It has the ingredients of a classic eggs Benedict, encased in puff pastry to create a beautiful loaf. You can refrigerate the assembled braid overnight, or freeze it for up to two weeks. If you prepare it ahead of time, wrap it tightly so the pastry doesn't dry out, and brush strudel with egg wash just before baking. Add 20 minutes to baking time if strudel is frozen. —Sarah Strohl, Commerce Township, Michigan
Eggs Benedict Brunch Braid Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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Ingredients

  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • BRAID:
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 6 large eggs, divided use
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 6 slices Canadian bacon
  • 2 tablespoons minced chives, divided
  • 1 teaspoon water

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a blender, combine the first 5 ingredients. Cover and process on high. While processing, gradually add melted butter in a steady stream until combined. Set aside.
  2. For braid, in a large skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Whisk 5 eggs, salt and pepper; add to skillet. Cook and stir until barely set; stir in sauce.
  3. On a lightly greased baking sheet, roll out pastry into a 12x10-in. rectangle. Layer Canadian bacon and the egg mixture down the center of rectangle; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon chives.
  4. On each long side, cut 1/2-in.-wide strips. Starting at 1 end, fold alternating strips at an angle across filling; pinch ends to seal. Whisk remaining egg and water; brush over braid.
  5. Bake until golden brown and eggs are completely set, 20-25 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting. Sprinkle with remaining chives.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 354 calories, 27g fat (12g saturated fat), 275mg cholesterol, 523mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 2g fiber), 10g protein.

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