Blueberry Breakfast Braid


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With its braided style and fruit-swirled center, it's as attractive as it is tasty.

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Serving Size / Yield

24 servings


  • 1 C. fresh blueberries
  • 1 C. sugar
  • 1/4 C. water
  • 3 Tbs. cornstarch
  • 3 Tbs. water
  • 5 C. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 C. sugar
  • 4 1/2 tsp. yeast
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbs. finely shredded orange peel
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 C. milk
  • 1/2 C. orange juice
  • 1/2 C. butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 Tbs. milk

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For Blueberry Filling: Combine 1 C. fresh or frozen blueberries, 1 C. sugar, and 1/4 C. water in medium saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until very thick. Stir in 3 Tbs. cornstarch dissolved in 3 Tbs. water; cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Let cool.

For Bread: In large bowl, combine 2 C. flour, sugar, un-dissolved yeast, salt, orange peel and cinnamon. Heat milk, orange juice, and butter until very warm (120 to 130 degrees F). Stir into dry ingredients. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Add eggs and 1 C. flour; beat 2 minutes at high speed. Stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes. Cover; let rest 10 minutes. Divide dough in half; divide each half into 3 equal portions. Roll each to 20 x 6-inch rectangle. Spread Blueberry Filling evenly. Beginning at long end, roll each up tightly as for jelly roll. Pinch seams to seal to form ropes. To make braid ropes; place on greased baking sheets. Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Beat egg yolk and milk together and brush over loaves/braid ropes. Bake at 350 F for 30 to 35 minutes or until done. Remove from sheets; cool on wire rack.

Yield: 24 servings (2 Loaves or Braids) 

Reviews (2)

  • Hi BTolle,
    When I tried printing it, it printed on two pages (one half of the directions on the first page and one half of the directions on the second page). Maybe your printer ran out of paper for the second half?

    Flag as inappropriate ksteed  |  July 14, 2011

  • why is only one page of the directions printing. It gives only half of the directions!

    Flag as inappropriate BTolle  |  July 14, 2011

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