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Holiday Breakfast Braid

At Sarah Miller's house in Wauconda, Washington, this fruity braid rounds out her Christmas morning menu. "I always serve it at breakfast on December 25," she pens. "Slathered with orange butter, the bread is just delicious."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 coffee cake (1/2 cup orange butter)


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup warm whole milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground mace
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/2 cup chopped mixed candied fruit
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, sugar, butter, eggs, salt, orange zest, cardamom, mace and 2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. 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 hour.
  • Meanwhile, for filling, in a small bowl, combine the butter, sugar, extract and orange zest; set aside. Toss the fruit and almonds with flour; set aside.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Roll into a 30x9-in. rectangle. Spread filling to within 1/2 in. of edges; sprinkle with fruit mixture. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal. With a sharp knife, cut roll in half lengthwise.
  • Place on a greased baking sheet; gently twist the ropes together cut side up. Coil into a circle; tuck ends under. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Bake at 325° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool. In a small bowl, combine orange butter ingredients. Refrigerate until serving. Serve with coffee cake.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 298 calories, 16g fat (8g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 293mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.
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