Sweet Nutcracker Braid

Here’s sweet braid drizzled with powdered sugar, vanilla, milk and sprinkled with pecans that’s ready in an hour.

  • prep time 20 min
  • total time 60 min
  • ingredients 11
  • servings 8

Ingredients

Bread

2/3
cup chopped pecans
1/2
cup finely chopped dates
1/4
cup raisins
1
tablespoon sugar
1/8
teaspoon cinnamon
1
sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
1/3
cup apricot preserves

Glaze

3/4
cup powdered sugar
1/4
teaspoon vanilla
1
to 2 tablespoons milk
1/4
cup chopped pecans
  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. Spray large cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray. In small bowl, combine 2/3 cup pecans, dates, raisins, sugar and cinnamon; mix well.
  • 2 Unfold puff pastry; place on sprayed cookie sheet. Roll to form 14x10-inch rectangle. Spread preserves in 4-inch-wide strip lengthwise down center of pastry. Sprinkle fruit and nut mixture over preserves.
  • 3 With scissors or sharp knife, make cuts 1 inch apart on long sides of pastry to within 1/2 inch of filling. Fold strips at an angle across filling mixture, overlapping ends and alternating from side to side.
  • 4 Bake at 375°F. for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet; place on serving platter. Cool 15 minutes.
  • 5 In small bowl, blend powdered sugar, vanilla and enough milk for desired drizzling consistency. Drizzle over cooled braid. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup pecans.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Serving
    Calories
    410
    (
    Calories from Fat
    200),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    22g
    22%
    (Saturated Fat
    4g,
    4%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    0mg
    0%;
    Sodium
    85mg
    85%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    50g
    50%
    (Dietary Fiber
    3g
    3%
      Sugars
    30g
    30%
    ),
    Protein
    4g
    4%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    0%;
    Vitamin C
    0%;
    Calcium
    2%;
    Iron
    8%;
    Exchanges:
    1 Starch; 2 1/2 Fruit; 3 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 4 Fat;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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