Blueberry Breakfast Braid

When you want to impress the brunch crowd, make this traditional breakfast bread. A rich orange-scented dough encases a fresh blueberry filling in each braided rope. 


Details

Difficulty

Advanced

Yield

2 Braids

Prep Time

01 hours 30 minutes

Rise Time

1 hour 30 minutes

Bake Time

30 to 35 minutes

Ingredients


  • Blueberry Filling
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh OR frozen blueberries
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup Argo® Corn Starch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • Dough
  • 6 to 6-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 (4-1/2 tsp.) envelopes Fleischmann's® RapidRise Yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon finely shredded orange peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup butter OR margarine
  • 2 eggs
  • Egg Wash
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Directions


Blueberry Filling: Combine blueberries, sugar, and the 1/3 cup water in medium saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until very thick. Dissolve corn starch in the 1/4 cup cold water in a small bowl; Stir corn starch mixture into the berries. Cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Set aside to cool.

Dough: Combine 2 cups flour, sugar, undissolved yeast, salt, orange peel and cinnamon in a large bowl. Heat milk, orange juice and butter until very warm (120o to 130oF). Stir into flour mixture. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Add eggs and 1 cup flour; beat 2 minutes at high speed. Stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes. Cover; let rest 10 minutes.

Divide dough in half; divide each half into 3 equal portions. Roll each to a 20 x 6-inch rectangle. Spread Blueberry Filling evenly on each of the 6 rectangles.

Beginning at long end, roll each up tightly as for jelly roll. Pinch seams to seal to form ropes. Place 3 ropes on each greased baking sheet; braid ropes. Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Egg Wash: Beat egg yolk with milk, using a fork. Brush braids with egg wash.

Bake at 350oF for 30 to 35 minutes or until done. Remove from sheets; cool on wire rack.