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Dried Plum Coffeecake

Author: legacy, Susan Reid update

Rich and dense, prunes are a clever addition to this intricate-looking braided bread. They add an intense fruit flavor and wonderful moisture to the filling.

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Total
Yield
1 braid, 12 servings
Nutrition information

Ingredients

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Filling

  • 1 1/4 cups chopped, pitted prunes
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

Dough

Topping

  • 1 large egg yolk beaten with 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) milk
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. For the filling: Combine the prunes, brown sugar, water, and lemon juice in a medium saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Simmer until the mixture is thick enough to spread, about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool to room temperature.
  2. For the dough: Warm the milk for 45 seconds in the microwave and pour over the sugar, salt and butter in a large bowl.
  3. Let cool to lukewarm, then add the egg, vanilla, and yeast. Add half the flour and mix well.
  4. Add the remaining flour, a little at a time; mix until you have a soft smooth day, adding the last 1/4 cup of flour as you knead the dough for 8 minutes. After kneading, it will be soft, but shouldn't be sticky when lighlty touched.
  5. Place the dough into an oiled bowl, turning to coat. Cover the bowl, and let the dough rise in a warm place until it's doubled in bulk, about 1 hour. You can also make the dough by putting all of the ingredients in the pan of your bread machine set on the Dough cycle and hitting Start. Let the machine finish its cycle.
  6. To assemble: Deflate the dough after its rise and place on a piece of parchment. Roll it out to a 16" x 8" rectangle. Transfer the parchment with the dough on it to a baking sheet.
  7. With the short edge facing you, spread the filling lengthwise down the center third of the rectangle, leaving 1" across the top and bottom uncovered. Sprinkle with the nuts (if using).
  8. Cut 1" crosswise strips from the edge of the filing tot he outside edges, down the length of the dough, making sure you have the same number of strips down each side.
  9. Fold the top and bottom edge of the dough over the filling. Beginning on the left, lift the first dough strip and gently bring it across the filling diagonally. Repeat on the other side with the top dough strip, so that the two strips crisscross each other. Continue down the entire braid, alternating strips to form the loaf. Tuck the ends of the bottom strips under the loaf.
  10. Cover with an inverted baking sheet or greased plastic and let rise for 40 to 45 minutes, or until puffy. Partway through the rise, preheat the oven to 350°F.
  11. For the topping: When the dough looks puffy, brush it all over with the beaten egg mixture.Mix the sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle all over the top.
  12. Bake the braid for 24 to 26 minutes, until golden brown and the center measures 190°F on a digital thermometer. Remove from the oven and let cool on a rack.
  13. Remove from the oven, and cool on a rack.
  14. Store the coffeecake, well-wrapped, at room temperature for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to a month.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 slice, 43g
  • Servings Per Batch 12
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 113
  • Calories from Fat 18
  • Total Fat 2g
  • Saturated Fat 1g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 4mg
  • Sodium 151mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 22g
  • Dietary Fiber 1g
  • Sugars 7g
  • Protein 3g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.