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Italian Almond Braid

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This Italian Almond Braid is the best way in which you can wish merry Christmas to your folks ! The difference with this almond braid is that instead of the chopped nut pieces, braid is flavored with almond extract and topped with almond paste to get the real taste of the nuts out. Do try this Italian Almond Braid and feel free to express yourself here.
Ingredients
  Active dry yeast 1⁄2 Tablespoon
  Warm water 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (105°-115°F)
  Unsalted butter 6 Tablespoon, softened
  Sugar 2 Tablespoon
  Egg 1
  Salt 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Almond extract 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Flour 2 1⁄2 Cup (40 tbs)
  Almond paste 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (Topping)
  Egg white 1 (Topping)
  Sugar 1 Tablespoon (Topping)
Directions

1 Dissolve yeast in warm water. Set aside for 5 minutes. Combine butter, sugar, egg, salt, and almond extract in mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly.
2 Add 1 1/2 cups flour and yeast mixture to butter mixture. Mix thoroughly.
3 Add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth€”about 10 minutes.
4 Place in greased bowl, turning to coat top. Cover; let rise in warm place until double€”about 1 hour.
5 Punch down dough. Using mixer, beat almond paste, egg white, and sugar until smooth. Divide into 3 equal pieces and braid.
6 Place on greased baking sheet. Brush the topping on braid. Let rise in warm place until double€”about 30 minutes.
7 Bake in a preheated 350°F oven about 25-30 minutes or until done. Cool on wire rack.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Italian
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Bread
Interest: 
Holiday, Party
Ingredient: 
Nut

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