Apple & Raisin Coffee Braid


Bread filled with apple & raisin goodness?! A warm bread with a sweet fruit center is a delicious snack anytime of the day. I made this yeast bread as an alternative to my sweet sweets. It seems a bit more healthy than a cake, right? Living in a high altitude I had to do some adjusting so that the bread doesn’t dry out when baking but it turned out very nice. My DH loved it.

Delicious Rating: ‘Home Cook’ for level of cooking. I might have to adjust it to ‘Master Chef’ though. If you have experience with yeast and bread dough than this will be very an easy recipe for you to cook up. However, if you a new and this may be your first bread recipe it may take a couple of times for the bread to turn out just right. Proofing yeast and kneading the dough to the right elasticity takes a bit of experience. When I first made cinnamon rolls years ago, I tried making them everyday. I think we feasted on rolls for at least 2 weeks before I got it right!

The bread itself is very good. The glaze adds a nice sweetness to it and the apple center really goes good with the bread. Next time I will add some cardamom to flavor the actually bread as it was missing a little something for me. Please try this recipe. It is a great coffee bread. I will definitely bake it again and serve for friends with tea or coffee.


Apple & Raisin Coffee Braid
Recipe type: Breakfast
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Yields: 1 Braid
Serve with milk, juice, tea, or coffee!
  • 5 tbsps of butter
  • 2 green apples (peeled, cored, and diced)
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup of chopped pecans
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp all spice
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 package of quick-rise yeast
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2½ cups flour
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • Glaze:
  • 4 tsp milk
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  1. In large skillet, melt 2 tbsps of butter over medium heat.
  2. Add apples, raisins, pecans, cinnamon, all spice, and ¼ cup of sugar.
  3. Cook 10 minutes or so until apples are tender and set aside.
  4. In large bowl, combine yeast, salt, ½ cup of flour, and the rest of the granulated sugar (1/4 cup).
  5. In a small saucepan heat ⅓ cup of milk and the last 3 tbsps of butter and 2 tbsps of water until very warm.
  6. With mixer on low speed, gradually add milk mixture to flour mix. Increase speed to medium and mix for 2 minutes.
  7. Beat in egg and another ½ cup of flour and mix for another 2 minutes.
  8. With wooden spoon, stir in 1½ cups of flour to make a soft dough.
  9. Turn out dough on a floured surface and with floured hands knead about 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  10. Shape into a ball and let rest for 10 minutes.
  11. On a greased cookie sheet (17" by 14") roll dough out into a 14" by 10" rectangle.
  12. Place apple mixture in a 3-inch wide strip lengthwise down the center.
  13. On both sides of the filling cut dough into 1-inch wide strips.
  14. Place strips at an angle across filling, alternating sides.
  15. Pinch last strip to bottom of braid to seal.
  16. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 40 minutes or until doubled in size.
  17. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F. for 30 minutes or until nice and golden.
  18. Cool on a wire rack.
  19. Make glaze by whisking milk and powdered sugar together and drizzle over braid.

When the apples are cooking it will have the aroma of deliciousness in your home! I absolutely wanted to eat all of it and start over!

Building a yeast monster!

If you have a large stand mixer, you can do all these steps with a dough hook, no need to knead it yourself.

I added a damp kitchen towel under my baking sheet so that I could roll out the dough on the sheet without it moving around.

It looks like a beautiful cocoon.

By now your house should smell like a bakery at 5 am…the best aroma ever!




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