Raspberry Almond Braid

Pretty and delicious!


Details

Difficulty

Advanced

Yield

2 braids, about 10 servings each

Prep Time

01 hours

Rise Time

1 hour, 45 minutes

Bake Time

30 to 35 minutes

Ingredients


  • Dough
  • 1/2 cup warm water (100° to 110°F)
  • 1 (2-1/4 tsp.) package Fleischmann's® Active Dry Yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm milk (100° to 110°F)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3-1/2 to 4 cups bread flour
  • 1-3/4 cups sliced almonds, divided
  • Filling
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter OR margarine
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup raspberry preserves
  • Glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Directions


Combine water and yeast in a large mixer bowl. Let stand 5 minutes to soften yeast. Stir in milk, sugar, shortening, salt, egg, vanilla, almond extract and 2 cups bread flour. Beat until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add remaining flour gradually until a soft dough forms. Turn out on floured surface and knead 8 to 10 minutes until smooth and elastic. Knead in 1 cup sliced almonds. Place in greased bowl, turning once to coat. Cover; let rise in a warm, draft-free place for 1 hour, or until double.

Prepare filling by blending remaining 3/4 cup almonds, sugar, butter, egg, vanilla and flour in a food processor or blender until a coarse paste forms.  Set aside.

Divide dough in half; roll each into an 11 x 14-inch rectangle. Spread 1/2 of the almond filling down the middle third of each rectangle. Top each with 1/3 cup raspberry preserves.

Make 1-inch wide cuts on both sides of the dough up to the filling using a sharp knife.  Fold each strip of dough over filling to resemble a braid.  Place on greased baking sheet.  Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place for about 45 minutes or almost double. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. To make glaze, combine all ingredients until well blended and drizzle over braids.