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This yeast bread recipe, also called a brioche, has a lightly sweet and rich flavor. Braided and shaped, it encircles fruit or a container of spread when served.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
rise:
1 hr 30 mins
bake:
25 mins
stand:
5 mins
total:
2 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
8
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In large mixing bowl combine 1-1/2 cups flour and yeast; set aside.

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  • In medium saucepan heat butter, the 1/4 cup milk, water, sugar, and salt over medium heat until very warm (120 degrees F to 130 degrees F) and butter is almost melted. Add butter mixture, eggs, and orange peel to flour mixture. Beat on low until combined; beat on high 3 minutes. With wooden spoon stir in raisins and as much remaining flour as you can.

  • Turn out dough on lightly floured surface. Knead in enough remaining flour for moderately soft dough that is smooth and elastic (3 to 5 minutes). Place in greased bowl; turn to grease surface. Cover; let rise in warm place 1 hour or until nearly doubled in size.

  • Punch down dough; turn onto work surface. Cover; let rest 5 minutes. Equally divide dough in three; roll each to a 26-inch length. Lay side by side 1 inch apart; braid. Pinch each end of braid together. Transfer to large greased baking sheet. Shape in ring and pinch both ends together. Cover with plastic wrap; let rise 40 minutes, dough will rise slightly.

  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly brush bread ring with milk. Place a foil ball or oven-safe glass measure or jar in center to preserve shape. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until golden and bread sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from oven; cool. Place on platter; cut into slices. Serve with apricot jam. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Nutrition Facts

343 calories; fat 13g; cholesterol 84mg; saturated fat 8g; carbohydrates 49g; mono fat 4g; poly fat 1g; insoluble fiber 2g; sugars 13g; protein 4g; vitamin a 437.3IU; vitamin c 1.8mg; thiamin 0.4mg; riboflavin 0.4mg; niacin equivalents 3mg; vitamin b6 0.1mg; folate 108.9mcg; vitamin b12 0.2mcg; sodium 252mg; potassium 215mg; calcium 40.4mg; iron 2.7mg.
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