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Cherry Almond Braid

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Makes

8-10 servings

If you want to impress guests with homemade bread but are short on time, reach for this recipe.—Darcy Hebert, Argyle, Minnesota
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Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/3 cup chopped maraschino cherries
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) refrigerated crescent rolls
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
  • Additional slivered almonds and maraschino cherries

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in extract. Fold in almonds and cherries; set aside.
  2. Unroll crescent rolls on an ungreased baking sheet; overlap long sides to make at 12-in. square. Press perforations to seal. Spread the cream cheese mixture down center third of square to within 1 in. of top and bottom; fold top and bottom edge over filling. Bring long sides over filling and overlap. Pinch seam to seal.
  3. Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  4. Combine the confectioners' sugar, butter and enough milk to reach desired consistency; drizzle over top of loaf. Garnish with almonds and cherries.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 274 calories, 15g fat (7g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 262mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

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