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Swedish Almond Braid

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  Active dry yeast/1 cake compressed yeast 1⁄4 Ounce (1 Package)
  Water 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Milk 1 Cup (16 tbs), scalded
  Sugar 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Softened butter 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Sifted all purpose flour 5 1⁄2 Cup (88 tbs)
  Egg yolk 1
  Almond extract 3⁄4 Teaspoon
  Egg white 1 , slightly beaten
  Sugar 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Slivered almonds 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)

Soften active dry yeast in warm water (110°) or compressed yeast in lukewarm water (85°).
Combine milk, 3/4 cup sugar, butter and salt; stir till butter is melted and sugar is dissolved; cool.
Stir in 2 cups of the flour and beat well.
Add egg yolk, softened yeast, almond extract, and enough of the remaining flour to make soft dough.
Turn out on a lightly floured surface and knead till smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes.
Place dough in a lightly greased bowl, turning once to grease surface.
Cover; let rise till almost double, about 2 hours.
Punch down and divide into 6 equal parts; form into balls.
Cover and let rest 10 minutes.
Roll each ball into a ropelike strip about 12 inches long.
Form into 2 braids, starting at the center and braiding toward each end.
Tuck under the ends.
Place in 2 greased 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 -inch loaf pans.
Cover; let rise in a warm place till almost double.
Brush tops of loaves with egg white.
Sprinkle with 1/4 cup sugar and the slivered almonds.
Bake in a moderate oven (350°) about 40 to 55 minutes.

Recipe Summary

Cook Time: 
40 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 4473 Calories from Fat 1082

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 124 g190.5%

Saturated Fat 66.1 g330.3%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 451.7 mg150.6%

Sodium 2114 mg88.1%

Total Carbohydrates 746 g248.7%

Dietary Fiber 23.3 g93.4%

Sugars 215.4 g

Protein 93 g186.5%

Vitamin A 65.7% Vitamin C 0.04%

Calcium 48.6% Iron 192.4%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Swedish Almond Braid Recipe