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Apple Cranberry Braid

Braided bread always makes a table look special and this one with nuts, cranberries and apples makes a perfect holiday addition.

Skill: Advanced Prep Time: 15 Bake Time: 20-30 Servings: 10-12



Ingredients:

12 Rhodes Yeast Dinner Rolls or 8 Rhodes Texas Rolls, thawed
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 can apple pie filling (21oz.)
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup whole cranberry sauce
additional nuts, for garnish

Icing:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk


Instructions:

Spray counter lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Combine rolls and roll into a 12x14-inch rectangle. With a clean ruler, gently mark a 4 inch strip lengthwise down the center. Spread butter on entire surface. Place apple pie filling down center of dough. Spoon cranberry sauce on top of filling. Top with 1/2 cup chopped walnuts.

Make cuts from filling to dough edges at about 2-inch intervals. Fold bottom and top edges towards filling. Alternating sides, fold strips at an angle across filling. Finish by stretching last strip and tucking under bottom end. Using both hands, lift onto a sprayed baking sheet. Cover with sprayed plastic wrap and let rise for 20-30 minutes.

Remove wrap and bake at 350°F for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Place on rack to cool. Drizzle with icing and sprinkle with additional chopped nuts.