“Oh wow. This is really good.” I believe those were the first words I said after tasting this bread and beckoning Brian over to try it. The flavor really took me by surprise. I thought this bread was going to be good, but it was so much better than I was expecting.
This bread is packed with flavor from a nice mixture of sausage, apricot, and seasonings, and it has just the right amount of heat. Spicy Apricot and Sausage Braid, y’all. It’s delicious!
Before mixing up the dough for the bread, I needed to cook the sausage and apricot mixture. I put the diced sausage in the pan to start browning and started chopping the apricots and cilantro.
Once the sausage was browned, I added in my apricots and let them cook down for a minute. To finish up the mix, I added some cilantro, red pepper, and honey. I thought this was an interesting mix, but believe me, it works! It was also beautiful, so I had to snap a few pictures. 🙂
Now we can start on the bread! The dough was pretty simple to whip up; I combined the yeast, salt, and part of the flour with warm water, eggs, and oil and slowly stirred until combined. I beat the mixture on high for a few minutes and then added the sausage mixture. To finish up, I stirred in as much of the remaining flour as I could.
My dough wasn’t at the correct consistency and texture yet, so I kneaded in some more flour until it was nice and smooth.
When the dough had risen to twice its original size (about an hour), I punched it down and worked it into three long ropes and braided them together. I had never braided dough before, so this was pretty fun for me!
After braiding the three ropes together, the dough needed to rise one last time for about 30 minutes. Just before putting the bread in the oven, I brushed it with an egg and water mixture so it would have a nice shine when it finished baking.
I remember seeing breads similar to this before and thinking, “Wow. That’s impressive. I’m not sure if I could make that.” Well, I am here to tell you that you can make this too! It’s not all that difficult!
And the flavor, well, the flavor is spot on. I wish you all were here so I could share a slice with you!
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and get to enjoy some nice fall weather! It’s been raining here for almost the last two weeks… so we are definitely looking forward to getting outside this weekend. 🙂
Oh, and happy Fiesta Friday!