Apple Braid

Today I surprised myself.

I never really considered myself much of a baker, but I saw this recipe the other day and knew I had to try to make it!

It all started out with some massive granny smith apples.

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Peeled, cored, sliced and diced.

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I love a good granny smith apple. They are my favorite!

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After slicing and dicing I put the apples in a baking pan and added 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon and 1/2 of a lemon’s juice.

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Mix it all together and put in the oven at 350* for 15 minutes.

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Next up I got to use my new favorite kitchen toy – my Kitchen Aid! I added 2 1/2 cups flour, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 yeast packet and 3/4 teaspoon salt together in the Kitchen Aid. I turned that bad boy on and then I added 1 cup warm water and 2 1/4 teaspoons vegetable oil – let it mix for 5 minutes or so.

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It comes out of the Kitchen Aid looking something like this:

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Get your rolling pin out!

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And flatten the dough out, using a pizza slicer to cut little lines down the side.

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Next it’s time to add the apples, which should smell amazing after coming out of the oven. Put the apples in the middle of the dough, and then its time to braid!

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I was pretty happy with how my braid turned out.

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Not bad for a first timer, right?

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I put the braid in the oven at 350* for 25 minutes. While I waited, Jackson gave me the sad face look because the apartment started to smell like apples and he knew I wasn’t going to share any with him.

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Frump.

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After 25 long minutes THIS came out of the oven!

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Pretty impressive right?

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Muy deliscioso!

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The original recipe called for a glaze on top of the braid, but I decided to go without the glaze – It turned out just as amazing without the extra sugar, I think I might even like it better without!

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The bread is light with a hint of sweetness, crispy on the outside and soft around the apples, which are juicy and delicious!

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Pretty much a grand slam in terms of my baking abilities!

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Have you ever made anything this awesome?

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