Apple Filled Coffee Braid

Total Time
1 hr
24 hrs

This is an easy yeast coffee braid. Takes a little time as the dough has to chill overnight, but it has great versatility. Makes 3 braids, so you can make all apple or make 3 different flavors easily! After shaping, the dough may be refrigerated for baking another day. Cooking time includes chill and rise time.

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  1. In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water.
  2. Add butter, sugar, eggs and salt; beating well.
  3. Stir in the flour and knead until a smooth, satiny dough is formed.
  4. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  5. Cut dough into 3rds.
  6. Roll each portion out to form a 10x12 sheet.
  7. Divide sheet of dough into 3 equal strips (each will be about 3 inches wide).
  8. Spoon about 2 tbsp apple filling down the length of each strip.
  9. Fold dough over filling to seal filling inside.
  10. Braid the 3 strips together to make one loaf.
  11. Repeat for remaining 2 portions of dough.
  12. Place on greased cookie sheet.
  13. Cover and let rise about 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until puffy and almost doubled.
  14. Mix egg and milk.
  15. Brush mixture over loaves.
  16. Bake at 375° for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden.