Sweet Almond Braid

An almond lover's delight.


Details

Difficulty

Advanced

Yield

1 coffee cake

Prep Time

30 minutes

Rise Time

1 hour

Bake Time

30 to 35 minutes

Ingredients


  • Dough
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 (2-1/4 tsp.) envelope Fleischmann's® RapidRise Yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter OR margarine
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Almond Filling
  • 1-1/2 cups finely chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter OR margarine, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • Egg Glaze
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • Almond Glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • Sliced almonds

Directions


Combine 1 cup flour, sugar, undissolved yeast and salt in a large bowl.  Heat milk, water and butter until very warm (120° to 130°F).  Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of an electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally.  Add eggs, vanilla 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 into 3 equal pieces; roll each piece to 18 x 6-inch rectangle.  Spread 1/3 of the Almond Filling over each rectangle, leaving 1/2-inch border.  Starting at long side, roll up tightly as for jelly roll.  Pinch seam and ends to seal.  Braid the 3 dough rolls; pinch ends and tuck under to seal.  Place on greased baking sheet.  Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Combine egg white and water; brush over braid.  Bake in preheated 350°F oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until done.

Remove from baking sheet; cool on wire rack.  Drizzle with Almond Glaze; sprinkle with almond slices.

Almond Filling:  Combine almonds, sugar, butter, almond extract, vanilla and egg in a medium bowl.  Stir to blend.

Almond Glaze:  Combine powdered sugar, almond extract and enough milk to reach desired consistency.