Spiced Apple Braid for 16
Category : Bread
The apple rings add spicy flavor as well as color to the bright red filling.

1/3 cup milk
1/3 cup apple juice
1/3 cup margarine or butter, cut up
1 egg
3 cups bread flour
3 tablespoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast or bread machine yeast
1 14-ounce jar spiced apple rings, drained
1 slightly beaten egg white
1 tablespoon water
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Milk

Add first 8 ingredients to bread machine according to the manufacturer's directions. Select the dough cycle. When cycle is complete, remove dough. Punch down. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, for filling, place apples in blender container. Cover; blend until nearly smooth. Mix egg white and water; set aside.

On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 16x12-inch rectangle. Cut into three 16x4-inch strips. Spread about 1/4 cup filling down center of each strip. Brush some egg white mixture on edges. Bring long edges together over filling and pinch to seal. To shape, line up the filled ropes, seams down, 1 inch apart on a greased baking sheet.

Starting in middle, loosely braid by bringing left rope under center rope. Bring right rope under new center rope. Repeat to end. On other end, braid by bringing outside ropes alternately over center rope to center. Press ends together; tuck under. Brush with more egg white mixture. Cover; let rise for 45 to 60 minutes or until nearly double. Brush with remaining egg white mixture. Bake in a 350 degree F. oven about 30 minutes or until bread sounds hollow when tapped. If necessary, cover loosely with foil last 10 to 15 minutes to prevent overbrowning. Remove; cool on wire rack.

Mix powdered sugar and vanilla. Stir in enough milk (3 to 4 teaspoons) to make a glaze of drizzling consistency. Drizzle over braid.

Makes 1 loaf (16 servings.)

Nutrition facts per serving: 194 calories, 5 g total fat, 1 g saturated fat, 14 mg cholesterol, 159 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.