Deliver Maple Flavor in the Morning


( It’s hard to beat a fresh, oven-baked breakfast to start the day, especially one loaded with sausage and eggs complemented by the sweetness of diced apples and maple syrup. This Maple Breakfast Braid delivers a tempting flavor combination perfect for a weekend morning with loved ones.

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Maple Breakfast Braid
1          package (16 ounces) breakfast sausage
1/4       cup maple syrup
2          eggs, beaten
1/2       cup green onions, sliced
2          Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced
1 1/2    cups dry herb stuffing mix
1          package (17 1/4 ounces) frozen puff pastry, thawed
2          egg whites
1          teaspoon water

Heat oven to 400 F.

In large bowl, combine sausage, syrup, beaten eggs, green onions, diced apples and stuffing mix.

Dust surface with flour; roll out pastry sheet to 12-by-18-inch rectangle. Transfer pastry to large baking sheet with parchment paper. Spoon half of sausage mixture down center of pastry.

Make 3-inch cuts down sides of pastry. Fold one strip at a time, alternating sides. Fold both ends to seal in filling. In bowl, beat egg whites and water; brush over pastry.

Repeat steps for second pastry sheet.

Bake 25-30 minutes, or until brown, rotating pans after baking 15 minutes.