An Easter Treat

Apr 15, 2009 | April 2009, Nutrition

That is both nutritious and delicious

By Bonny Osterhage

Want a recipe to help make your Easter brunch as fabulous as it is healthful? Try this nutritious and delicious recipe for Apricot Easter Braids Healthy Recipe from the Fitness & Freebies Web site.

 Apricot Easter Braids

    2-1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
    1-1/2 cup water, divided
    1-1/2 cup packed brown sugar
    5-1/2 to 6 cups flour
    3/4 cup sugar
    Three packages (1/4-ounce each) active dry yeast
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
    Three eggs, beaten

    1 cup confectioners sugar
    1 to 2 tablespoons milk
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a saucepan, bring apricots and 1/2-cup water to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until water is absorbed and fruit is tender, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a food processor; add brown sugar. Cover and process until smooth.

In a mixing bowl, combine 2-cups of flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In a saucepan, heat butter and remaining water to 120 to 130-degrees. Add dry ingredients; beat just until moistened. Add eggs; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about six to eight minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 40 to 45 minutes.

Punch dough down; divide into thirds. On greased baking sheets, roll out each portion into a 12-inch by 8-inch rectangle. On each long side, cut 1-inch wide strips about 2-inches into center. Starting at one end, fold alternating strips at an angle across filling. Pinch ends to seal. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes.

Bake at 375-degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over braids.

Recipe makes three braids.

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