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In our home, a braided almond  wreath is a seasonal tradition. The original was a 2 day, fussy and very buttery pastry with melt in your mouth results.  This adaption allows for a more healthful, quicker pastry that still produces stunning results that anyone can do.  Your friends and family will love it.

This Instructable is mostly by earthelements (listed as a collaborator).
 
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Step 1: Ingredients

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Almond filling
French bread dough ingredients (use your favorite recipe)
Decorative toppings - sliced almonds, craisins or marichino cherries, bow.

Step 2: Make Dough

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We use the recipe and settings for french bread dough in our bread machine. 

Step 3: Roll Out

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Retrieve the dough and roll out on a floured surface or pastry cloth with a rolling pin.  Optimal size is 9" wide by 30" long rectangle.  You may have to let the dough rest during the process for a few minutes to aid in stretching it to this size.

Step 4: Cut into Strips

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Cut the dough into 3rds the long way. These are your braiding strips.

Step 5: Spread Almond Filling

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Spread a line of almond filling into the center and down the length of each strip.

Step 6: Pinch Closed

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Pinch the dough edges together to seal in the almond filling.

Step 7: Braid

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Stretch each strip length wise and pinch the three strips together at the top.  Leaving the seam side up, braid the three strips, keeping a bit of stretch on them.  Pinch the ends together as you did for the top.

Step 8: Shape

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Now you can pick up your braided strands like a rope and move to a baking sheet.  Stretch and curve into a circle, keeping the seam sides up.  Pinch the bottom to the top edge to form the completed wreath.

Step 9: Rise

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Let the dough wreath rise for an hour in a warm spot, 70 degrees or so. I warm my oven for 2 minutes, then turn it off and put the dough in to rise out of the draft.  
sunshiine1 year ago
This is so beautiful!
laxap1 year ago
Wow, it's looking really great!

(May I suggest to apply egg yolk with a brush on the top surface, to make it become shiny when baked?)
That's beautiful!