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Cranberry Eggnog Braid

Meet the Cook: Whether at Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's, this is a good party bread. You can't beat it as a gift either...everyone I make it for really enjoys it My husband and I have a daughter, 3, and twins (a boy and girl) who are 2. -Mary Lindow, Florence, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 loaf (12 pieces)

Ingredients

  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1-1/4 cups eggnog
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons eggnog
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash nutmeg

Directions

  • In a bowl, combine 1-1/2 cups of flour, sugar, salt, yeast and nutmeg; set aside. In a saucepan, heat eggnog and butter to 120°-130° (the butter does not need to melt); add to flour mixture. Beat on low until moistened; beat on medium for 3 minutes.
  • Stir in cranberries and enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 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 hour.
  • Punch dough down; divide into thirds. Shape each third into a 16-in. rope. Braid ropes on a greased baking sheet; seal ends. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden. Immediately remove from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Combine the first 3 glaze ingredients; drizzle over braid. Dust with nutmeg.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 257 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 153mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.
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