Makes a 1 1/2-pound loaf

How to Make It

Step 1

Process ingredients on dough cycle, according to manufacturer's directions. Add raisins and almonds when fruit and nut signal sounds (or 5 minutes before end of last kneading).

Step 2

At the end of the cycle, scrape the dough onto a board lightly coated with all-purpose flour. Divide dough into 3 equal pieces. Roll each piece to form a rope about 12 inches long.

Step 3

Cover loaf lightly with plastic wrap and let stand in a warm place until puffy, about 35 minutes. Remove plastic wrap.

Step 4

Beat 1 large egg yolk to blend with 1 tablespoon water. Brush braid with egg mixture.

Step 5

Bake braid in a 350° oven until golden brown, about 30 minutes. Cool on a rack at least 15 minutes before slicing. Serve hot, warm, or cool.

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