TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 40 min. + cooling MAKES: 16 servings
1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
1 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup shortening
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup chopped golden raisins
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
4-1/4 to 4-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
Vanilla Glaze (recipe also in Recipe Finder)
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1 serving (1 each) equals 224 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 311 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, sugar, shortening and salt; beat until smooth. Add the egg, raisin, apricots, walnuts, lemon peel and 1 cup flour; mix well. 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 1-1/4 hours.
Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into five portions. Shape each portion into an 18-in. rope. Place three ropes on a greased baking sheet; braid. Pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Twist the two remaining ropes together. Pinch ends to seal. Place on top of braid; tuck ends under. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool. Drizzle with Vanilla Glaze. Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices each).
Enjoy your Apricot Braid.2009-05-19