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Chocolate-Filled Braid

Level
Intermediate
Prep
30 minutes
Cook
35 minutes
Servings
36 slices total (2 braids)
  • This Chocolate-Filled Braid is a perfect pair with steaming hot coffee. This attractive and wonderfully tasty recipe is perfect for brunch. Created by Kimberly Betz, Indiana, PA.
Key Ingredients
Toll House
Morsels and Baking Ingredients
NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels 12 oz
NET WT 12 oz (340 g)
Carnation
Evaporated Milk
NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk 12 oz
NET 12 fl oz (354 mL)
Ingredients
Make It
Step 1
Heat morsels, evaporated milk and 1/4 cup granulated sugar in small saucepan until morsels are melted and mixture is smooth; remove from heat. Stir in nuts, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and cinnamon.
Step 2
Combine 4 cups flour, remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar, yeast and salt in large mixer bowl.
Step 3
Heat 1 cup milk, 1 cup butter and water just until warm (120° F to 130° F) and butter almost melts. Add milk mixture to flour mixture; add eggs. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping bowl often. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Stir in as much of remaining flour as possible.
Step 4
Turn dough out onto slightly floured surface. Knead in remaining flour to make a moderately soft dough that is smooth and elastic (3 to 5 minutes). Cover; let rest for 10 minutes.
Step 5
Preheat oven to 375° F. Line two baking sheets with foil.
Step 6
Divide dough in half. Roll half of dough into 18 x 10-inch rectangle. Place dough on one prepared baking sheet. Spread half of chocolate filling lengthwise down center of dough. Cut 1-inch wide diagonal strips on both sides of dough to within 3/4 inch of filling. Crisscross dough strips over filling. Leave as long braid or bring ends together to form a ring, pinching ends to seal. Repeat with remaining dough and filling. Cover; let rise in warm place for 15 minutes.
Step 7
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until golden brown; cool completely on baking sheet on wire rack.
Step 8
Combine powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons melted butter and remaining teaspoon vanilla extract in small bowl. Slowly add enough milk for drizzling consistency; stir. Drizzle icing over braids. Cut into slices.