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German Walnut Braid

german walnut braid recipe
This is one of the favorites of all Germans. Mainly during Christmastime, but also for Eastern. It’s super easy to make, stays good couple days (but let’s be honest, it won’t survive that long) and perfect for every time of the day.
In Germany are two ways, how to eat it: Either plain dipped in coffee or hot chocolate or with some butter on it. It’s best, if you try both ways, to see which one you prefer :) If you did bake it, let me know how you liked it, I love hearing back from you!
Now enough talking, let’s start baking …
german walnut braid recipe complete
German Walnut Braid
Recipe type: Dessert
What you need
The Dough:
  • 3 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup milk, fat free
The Filling:
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup oatmeal, grounded
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup walnuts, grounded
  • ½ cup milk, fat free
  • ½ teaspoon rum extract, optional
  • Mix together
  • 1 cup powdered sugar and
  • 2-3 tablespoon lemon juice
How you make it
  1. In a large bowl combine all dough ingredients and knead for about ten minutes (by hand) until smooth
  2. Cover and let rest for 20 minutes
  3. Preheat oven to 375°F
  4. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  5. In a medium bowl combine all filling ingredients until well combined, set aside
  6. Now roll out your dough to about 15*10 inch size
  7. Spread filling all over dough
  8. Roll up the dough from the long side
  9. Cut rolled dough in half
  10. Twist both strings with each other and press the ends together
  11. Place braid on cookie sheet and let rest 20 minutes
  12. Bake for 30-35 minutes
  13. Let cool for 20 minutes, then brush with lemon glaze and enjoy either warm or cold ;)
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  1. OMG! This looks SOOOOOOOOOO incredibly delicious!! Pinning this one too! Thanks, Jutta!

  2. Hi Jutta, Stopping by from Dawn’s Swap n Share Sunday. The walnut cinnamon filling sounds so delicious I will have to make this. I know we will enjoy this for both breakfast and a snack after supper.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Joanne/WineLady Cooks

  3. YUM!! That looks absolutely amazing Jutta…so delicious! :)

  4. Jutta,
    Do you know if a german poppy seed filling can be substituted for the walnut filling? Thanks!

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