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Russian Krendl Bread

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Ingredients

  • BREAD:
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 cup warm half-and-half cream or milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2-3/4 to 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • FILLING:
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 large apple, peeled and chopped
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped dried apples
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped dried apricots
  • 1/3 cup chopped pitted dried plums
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup butter, divided
  • 4 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Confectioners' sugar

Details

Preparation time 45mins
Cooking time 90mins
Adapted from tasteofhome.com

Preparation

Step 1

In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm cream.

In a large bowl, combine the softened butter, egg yolks, vanilla, salt, yeast mixture and 1-1/2 cups flour; beat on medium speed until smooth.

Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).

Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes.

Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top.

Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

In a large saucepan, combine the first five filling ingredients; add 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons sugar.

Bring to a boil.

Reduce heat; simmer for 30 minutes or until mixture reaches a jam-like consistency, stirring occasionally.

Cool completely.

Punch down dough.

Turn onto a lightly floured surface; roll into a 32-in. x 10-in. rectangle.

Melt remaining butter; brush over dough.

Sprinkle with remaining sugar and cinnamon.

Spread fruit mixture to within 1 in. of edges.

Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam and ends to seal.

Place on a greased baking sheet, seam side down; form into a pretzel shape.

Cover with a kitchen towel; let rise in a warm place until almost doubled, about 30 minutes.

Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool.

Just before serving, sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.

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