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Cranberry Coffee Braid


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Cranberry Coffee Braid

This is an easy yet impressive bread to make for a special occasion. It’s best served warm. You can make the braid and allow to rise, covered, overnight in the refrigerator. The next morning you can bake it and present it warm to family and friends.


  • Prep Time : 20 min
  • Cook Time : 30 min
  • Ready Time : 50 min


1 loaf


  • 1 loaf frozen bread dough, thawed
  • 2 cups sweetened, dried cranberries, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons orange juice
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


1 Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 2.Combine cranberries and orange juice in glass bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Set aside to cool.
2 Roll dough out into an 11 x 15-inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Place dough on a cookie sheet.
3 Combine cranberry-juice mixture, nuts and cinnamon in a small mixing bowl. Spread lengthwise down the center of dough in a 4-inch wide strip. Cut dough on either side of filling into 1-inch wide strips. Fold dough strips alternately across center of filling.
4 Cover with parchment paper and a clean kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.
5 Bake braid for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and place on cooling rack.
6 Combine powdered sugar and lemon juice in a small mixing bowl. Drizzle on braid.



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11 Responses to Cranberry Coffee Braid

  1. avatar says: Mom4girls

    Where cani find the frozen bread dough? Would it be in Gourmet Glatt?

  2. avatar says: Cheryl

    If using challah dough do u let it rise first and hit it down then use and let rise 2nd time ?

  3. can you use apple pie filling or even
    raspberry jam to make strudel with this recipe

  4. avatar says: MIRIAM

    YUM! How do you come up with these ideas!? What a beautiful braid….any tips on how to make it come out so utterly neat!?

  5. avatar says: pamela

    I want to make this using my Gluten-Free flour blend. Could I use the white bread recipe for that GF flour, or would challah recipe taste better? Can this be made without yeast?

    • I wouldn’t make it without yeast, but I think a white bread recipe using GF flour should work fine.

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