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Mincemeat-Filled Braid

Mincemeat has gotten such a bad rap over the years. Raisins, currants and other dried fruit, richly spiced and soaked in brandy…what's wrong with that? My family and I love it tucked inside this gorgeous-looking bread. It's perfect for breakfast or with dinner. —Loraine Steinfort, Shelbyville, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    1 loaf (16 slices)

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons buttermilk blend powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups bread flour
  • FILLING:
  • 1 package (9 ounces) condensed mincemeat
  • 1 cup water
  • ICING:
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract

Directions

  • Dissolve yeast in warm water. In a large bowl, combine next 6 ingredients, yeast mixture and 1-1/2 cups flour; beat on medium speed 2 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 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.
  • Meanwhile, for filling, crumble mincemeat in a small saucepan; add water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook over medium-low heat until thickened, 20-25 minutes. Set aside; cool.
  • Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into thirds. Roll each into a 14x4-in. rectangle. Spread a third of the filling down the center of each strip; bring the sides of each strip together over filling. Pinch seams to seal. Place strips, seam side down, on a greased baking sheet and braid. Pinch ends to seal; tuck under. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Bake until golden brown, 20-25 minutes. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool.
  • Combine icing ingredients; drizzle over braid.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • We tested this recipe with a 9-ounce package of Nonesuch Classic Original Condensed Mincemeat, which we ordered online.
  • The mincemeat braid can also be made in a bread machine. Just place the first nine ingredients in the bread machine pan in the order suggested by manufacturer. Select dough setting (check after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1-2 tablespoons of water or flour if needed). For the filling, combine mincemeat and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook over medium-low heat until thickened. Set aside. When bread machine cycle is completed, turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into thirds. Roll and fill as directed. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake and cool as directed. Combine icing ingredients; drizzle over braid.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 slice: 206 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 287mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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