Apple Braid Recipe

Tired of preparing same old apple pie? Try Apple Braid , the concept is quite similar , but different design !

For the Apple Filling

  •  3 medium-size Granny Smith apples
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

For the Bread

  • 2 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast (I prefer SAF Instant Yeast)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons vegetable oil

For the Glaze:

  • 1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted
  • 5 teaspoons whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • Pinch of nutmeg

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

-APPLE FILLING: Peel, core, and slice the apples into thin slices and cut them in half. Toss them with the sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice. Bake the apple filling in an 8-inch square baking pan for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside. (Don’t turn the oven off yet , you will still need it.)

-BREAD: While the apple filling is baking, start preparing the bread dough. Mix the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Add the water and oil and mix the dough for 6 minutes using an electric mixer on medium-high speed.

Spray a smooth clean surface with cooking spray and turn the dough out onto the surface. Knead the dough briefly to give it a smooth . Spray a rolling pin with cooking spray and roll the dough out into a large rectangle, about 12-inches by 16-inches in size. Lift onto a greased baking sheet.

Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut each side into strips about 1-inch wide down each side, leaving the center third of the dough uncut. Spread the apple filling down the middle third of the dough. Fold strips of dough into the center, crisscrossing the filling by alternating strips from each side. Lightly press ends to seal, and straighten out the braid with your hands, if necessary, to straighten.

Bake the braid in the oven for 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let the braid cool for several minutes.

-GLAZE: Whisk together the glaze ingredients in a small bowl until blended and smooth.

Source : Eatliverun

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