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Almond Braid

  • Author: Julie
  • Prep Time: 60 minutes
  • Chill Time: 12 hours
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 13 hours 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x

Description

This Almond Braid is a must try for all bakers! Sweet almond filling is wrapped in a delicate pastry and drizzled with almond glaze.


Ingredients

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For the Dough

  • 3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 2 egg yolks, room temperature (reserve both egg whites in separate bowls)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

For the Filling

  • 1/4 cup salted butter, room temperature
  • 4 ounces almond paste
  • 1 reserved egg white
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup raw, unsalted almonds, chopped finely

For Assembly

  • Flour for dusting work surface
  • 1 reserved egg white
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds

Almond Glaze

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 12 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Instructions

For the Dough

  1. Add yeast and warm water to the bowl of the mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  Let stand for a few minutes to dissolve the yeast.  
  2. Add sugar, milk, butter and egg yolks and mix on low speed.  
  3. Gradually add in the flour.  Do not over mix.  The dough should be buttery and slightly sticky to the touch, but manageable.  
  4. Remove the dough from the bowl and knead a few times until smooth on a floured surface.   Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 8-12 hours.

For the Filling

  1. Add butter, almond paste, and egg white to the bowl of the mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.  Mix on medium-low speed until smooth.  
  2. Then add powdered sugar and flour and mix on low speed.  
  3. Lastly, mix in the chopped almonds until well incorporated.  Cover and chill until ready to assemble.

To Assemble

  1. Unwrap the dough and place it on a well-floured surface.  Shape it into a rough rectangle with your hands, and then roll out into a 12-inch by 15-inch rectangle.  Be patient as you roll, checking to see if the dough is sticking to the work surface and adding flour as needed.  
  2. Trim the uneven edges with a sharp knife.  
  3. Spoon the almond filling into the center third of the rectangle, and then pat it into an even layer.  
  4. Use a sharp knife to cut one-inch diagonal strips in the dough from the edge of the dough to the edge of the filling.  
  5. Fold the top and bottom edge of the dough over the filling, and then alternate folding over the strips on each side.  
  6. Let the almond braid rise, covered with a clean kitchen towel in a warm place for 30 minutes.  
  7. Then preheat your oven to 375 degrees, and brush the top of the almond braid with the remaining egg white and sprinkle sliced almonds over the top.  
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top of the almond braid is golden brown.  
  9. To make the glaze, whisk powdered sugar, milk, and almond extract together in a small bowl until smooth. 
  10. Transfer the almond braid to a cooling rack and allow to cool before drizzling with almond glaze.  Slice and serve.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 347
  • Sugar: 18g
  • Sodium: 111mg
  • Fat: 19g
  • Saturated Fat: 8.3g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 9.1g
  • Trans Fat: 0.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 40g
  • Fiber: 1.9g
  • Protein: 6.4g
  • Cholesterol: 63mg