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Christmas Cardamom Braid

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A delicious Christmas treat or gift that everyone will love.

Recipe Prep Time
Prep Time
30 min
Recipe Cook Time
Cook Time
30 min
Recipe Ready Time
Ready In
2 hrs 10 min
Recipe Servings

3/4 cup Sun-Maid Golden Raisins
1/2 cup diced candied fruits and peels
1/4 cup brandy
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
3-1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 packages fast-rising active dry yeast
2 teaspoons ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon salt3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup butter or margarine
2 eggs
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk

Combine raisins, fruits and peels, brandy and lemon peel; set aside.

In mixing bowl combine 2-1/2 cups of the flour, the sugar, yeast, cardamom and salt.

Heat milk and butter to 125 to 130 F; stir into dry mixture. Mix in one of the eggs and the raisin-brandy mixture.

Stir in enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on a floured surface 8 to 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic. Cover; let rest 10 minutes.

Form dough into 3, 18-inch ropes; braid together, tucking ends under.

Place on greased baking sheet. Cover; let rise in warm place until almost doubled in size, 50 to 60 minutes.

Brush with remaining egg, beaten.

Bake at 350 F for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden. Cover with foil as needed to prevent overbrowning. Cool.

Make icing by whisking together smooth 1 cup sifted powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons of milk.

Decorate with additional candied fruits and raisins; drizzle with icing. 


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