Monday, December 10, 2012

Cranberry Eggnog Braid

Who loves eggnog?  I do!!  But I can only drink it during Thanksgiving/Christmas time (good thing that's the only time they sell it!:)) & I can only have 1 glass.  Too much of it makes me dizzy!:)  Sugar rush or something.  Although I can't drink it straight.  I dilute it about 50/50 with skim milk.  It's just too thick otherwise & kind of activates my gag reflex.  My husband likes to add Sprite to his eggnog.  I don't personally like it, but to each their own!  

What's your method of drinking eggnog?  Love it?  Hate it?  What do you like to add to yours, if anything?  I'm really curious about everyone elses eggnog drinking habits.:)

If you love (or even just like) eggnog, I think you'll really enjoy this treat!  I love doing fun things with my bread...like braiding it!  Looks so pretty & yummy!  

Make this sweet treat for your eggnog lovin' friends!

Cranberry Eggnog Briad

1 tablespoon yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/4 cups eggnog, scalded
1/4 cup oil
3 - 3 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup craisins
Glaze:
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons eggnog
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
dash of nutmeg

Dissolve the yeast in the warm water in your mixer.  Let sit for about 10 minutes.  While the yeast is sitting, place eggnog in microwave for about 2-3 minutes.  You just want to scald it...heat it to just before boiling point.  Let eggnog cool until 10 minutes is up.  Add the sugar, salt, nutmeg, eggnog, oil and 1 1/2 cups of the flour to your yeast mixture.  Beat together until smooth.  Add craisins and enough flour to make a soft dough.  Let knead in your mixer for about 5-8 minutes.

Spray a large bowl with cooking spray and place dough in bowl.  Cover and let sit in a warm place for 20-30 minutes.


Divide dough into 2 equal parts.  Place one half on surface that has been sprayed with cooking spray (lot less messy than a floured surface & works great!)  Divide that half into 3 equal parts.  It doesn't have to be exact, just eyeball it.


Using your hand, roll each ball into a 16" or so long "rope".


Press the top of the tree "ropes" together to start.


Then just start braiding your 3 ropes together.


When you get to the end of your ropes (funny!:)), just tuck the bottom ends underneath a little and pinch dough together.  Place on a greased cookie sheet.  Cover and let raise for about 45 minutes to 1 hour or until doubled in size.


Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until they are lightly browned.  Let cool.

For the glaze, combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk with a fork until smooth.


Place cooled braids on wax paper.  Using your fork, drizzle glaze over braids.


Wah-lah!!  Isn't it beautiful?  

You could wrap them up nice and give them as Christmas treats to neighbors & friends!  They will love you!


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