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Blackberry Pastry Bread

This is a wonderful sweet bread that wraps up sweetened blackberries. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve at breakfast or even for dessert!

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Blackberry pastry bread

Blackberry Pastry Bread

This is a wonderful sweet bread that wraps up sweetened blackberries. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve at breakfast or even for dessert!

  • Author: Norann Oleson
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Additional Time: 5 hours
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 6 hours 25 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 18 - Makes 3 braids 1x
  • Category: Bakery

Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup warm milk (110 to 115 degrees F)
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 (1/4-ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, chilled
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar, or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon confectioner’s sugar, for dusting

Instructions

  1. Combine the milk, 1 tablespoon sugar, and the yeast in a large bowl. Stir the egg yolks and whipping cream into the milk mixture and allow it to rest for 10 minutes.
  2. Whisk together the flour, 1/4 cup of sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl. Cut in the cold butter with a knife or pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. (You can also use a food processor, pulsing until the butter is the size of small peas. Turn mixture into a bowl and proceed.) Stir in liquid ingredients until combined. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours.
  3. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into three portions and shape them into balls. Toss blackberries with sugar.
  4. Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a baking sheet.
  5. Roll each ball out to a 9×12-inch rectangle. Spoon blackberries evenly onto the center third of each rectangle, width-wise. Using a knife, cut 9 slanting lines along each side approximately 1 inch apart. Create a braid by folding alternating strips from each side, covering the berries. Repeat with the remaining 2 dough balls.
  6. Place the pastry braids onto the prepared baking sheet. Cover braids with a light cloth and let them rise in a warm spot (80 to 95 degrees F) until doubled in volume. This should take about 1 hour.
  7. Bake the braids in the preheated oven until they are golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. For an added bit of sweetness, sprinkle braids with confectioners’ sugar before serving.

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