Friday, November 9, 2012

Apple Coffee Cake Braid

I have seen some beautiful bread braids on different blogs. Some that are savory and then some that are sweet.  I always thought they looked complicated, a little too complicated to make. But I had some apples that I wanted to use up and I wanted to make a coffee cake. I was looking around on the web for a recipe  that was something a little different. That is when I saw this apple coffee cake braid on the Taste of Home site. It looked so good, that I knew that it was time to give a bread braid a chance.

If you follow my blog at all you will know that I am a big fan of homemade bread. So I like the fact that  this recipe for the braid  has a nice recipe for the bread part of it. The bread turns out soft, sweet, and buttery... so yummy. The filling is a simple apple filling with brown sugar and cinnamon. After it is done baking it is topped off with a simple glaze. And let me tell you when it is baking the aroma of apples and cinnamon takes over your house. I love the smell of apples and cinnamon baking in the fall, don't you?

And as for the assembling of this braid, it wasn't as scary as I thought it would be. My only thing I would have changed for the assembly is that when I was cutting the strips for the braid I would not have cut quite as close to the filling. Some of the juice from the filling leaked out a little, but that didn't change the taste of the braid. But overall this was easy to make and turns out delicious and elegant. It is perfect for a special breakfast or brunch.

Apple Coffee Cake Braid (Adapted from Taste Of Home)
3/4 cup warm water
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon salt
3 1/4 cups flour
1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
2 cups thinly sliced peeled baking apples
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter, softened
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 to 3 teaspoons milk
* In a large bowl add the water and yeast stir until the yeast is dissolved and then add the sugar and mix that in well. Add the softened butter, egg, 1 cup of flour, and salt and mix in. Gradually add the remaining flour mixing in by hand. Knead until the you have a soft dough. Grease the bottom of the bowl and turn the bread to coat both sides. (The recipe called for a bread machine, if you prefer this method please follow these steps - In a bread machine pan, place the first seven ingredients in order suggested by the manufacturer. Select dough setting (check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water or flour, if needed). I let the dough rise in a warm place until about double which should take about 45 minutes to an hour.
* For filling, in a large bowl, combine the apples, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon; set aside. When the dough is ready turn the dough onto a lightly greased baking sheet. Roll or pat into a 15 inch x 10  rectangle; spread butter down the center thirds of rectangle. Spoon filling over butter.
* On each long side, cut 1 inch wide strips to within 1 inch of filling. Starting at one end, fold alternating strips at an angle across filling; seal ends. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 to 40 minutes.
* Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Combine the confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve desired consistency; drizzle over coffee cake.


  1. This looks so tasty and the braid looks so pretty! You've done a great job and it's an interesting flavour combination too! Our Calendar Cakes Challenge this month is Bread, Rolls and Buns...if you have any interest in joining you can add your post to our linky. They'll be a round up at the end of the month!! Either way a fab bake! :-)

  2. It's always fun to try a challenge when baking. I remember the first time I used real yeast....I had always thought it was so hard!! Your braid is very pretty!

  3. God....My mouth craves the heaven u just made!
    I really cannot stop gazing at the pics at all..they just make me hungry!!!
    Ma'am U are just so amazing, I'm asking mom to make this for me tomorrow!!! Can't just resist.
    Sainidhi Iyer

  4. wow..that looks beautiful!! a delight to just look at!!
    I am not brave enough yet to try it...

  5. Mmm I can just imagine the lovely smells that were coming from your kitchen. It does sound exceedingly tasty :))

  6. This looks delicious! I've just made a very similar bread myself but not had a chance to post about it yet. I didn't make the glaze but now wish I had especially looking at your pictures :)

  7. This looks fabulous! What a perfect autumn treat!

  8. I am a scker for anything with coffee flavour :p


  9. This looks so mourish. I wish I could slice myself off a piece. I would save the icing until last :)

  10. Lovely braid bread! I've always thought that they're not easy to make too & you've done a fantastic job on yours. Looks delicious with apples !

  11. YUM! Yes, this is exactly my kind of pud! I love the drizzle too, I can just imagine tasting it!

  12. I love making braids. This one looks delicious!

  13. Your braid came out really good! And this looks and sounds absolutely delicious! I love coffee cakes like this.