Apple Brie Braid with Almonds recipe

I’m a sucker for trying baked apple goods… here’s another Cooking Light recipe to try:

Apple Brie Braid with Almonds

If Brie isn’t the cheese for you, substitute your favorite kind. Cheddar, smoked gouda, or Swiss also would be nice.

1 (1-pound) loaf frozen white bread dough
2 tablespoons butter or stick margarine, divided
4 cups finely chopped peeled Granny Smith apple (about 1 1/4 pounds)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar, divided
3 tablespoons chopped slivered almonds
Cooking spray
4 ounces Brie cheese
1 teaspoon all-purpose flour

Thaw dough in refrigerator 12 hours.
Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add apples; sauté 10 minutes. Add 1/4 cup brown sugar; cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in almonds.
Roll dough into a 15 x 12-inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Spread apple mixture lengthwise down center of dough. Remove rind from cheese; cube. Arrange cheese on top of apple mixture. Make diagonal cuts, 1 1/2 inches apart, on opposite sides of filling to within 1/2 inch of filling. Fold strips alternately over filling from each side, overlapping at an angle. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 350°.
Combine 1/4 cup brown sugar and flour in a medium bowl; cut in 1 tablespoon butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until combined. Sprinkle over top of loaf. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until golden.

Yield: 16 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

CALORIES 169(25% from fat); FAT 4.7g (sat 2.4g,mono 1.6g,poly 0.4g); PROTEIN 5.1g; CHOLESTEROL 41mg; CALCIUM 43mg; SODIUM 321mg; FIBER 1.3g; IRON 1.2mg; CARBOHYDRATE 27.4g

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