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Yuletide Tea Ring

Yuletide Tea Ring

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  • Makes: 24 servings
  • Yield: 2 loaves
  • Prep 35 mins
  • Rise 1 hr
  • Bake 20 mins

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Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2/3 cup lukewarm water (105 degree F to 115 degree F)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 3 beaten eggs
  • 5 1/2-6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 cup candied fruit (not peel), coarsely chopped (optional)
  • 1 recipe Powdered Sugar Glaze (see recipe below)

Directions

  1. Line 2 baking sheets with foil. Lightly grease foil. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat milk just to a simmer. Remove from heat. In a bowl, combine milk, the 1/2 cup sugar, the 6 tablespoons butter, and the salt. Cool to lukewarm.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the warm water, the 2 tablespoons sugar, and the yeast. Let stand until yeast is dissolved. Add to milk mixture.
  4. Add eggs to milk mixture. Add 3 cups of the flour. Beat with electric mixer on low to medium speed for 30 seconds, scraping side of bowl constantly. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, stir in as much remaining flour as you can.
  5. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough remaining flour to make a moderately soft dough that's smooth and elastic (3 to 5 minutes total). Shape into ball. Place dough in greased bowl, turning once to grease surface.
  6. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled (1 to 1-1/2 hours).
  7. Punch dough down. Divide in half. Cover and let rest for 1 minute. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each portion to a 14x10-inch rectangle.
  8. Brush rectangles with the 1/2 cup melted butter. Combine the 1/4 cup sugar and the cinnamon; sprinkle over rectangles. Sprinkle with nuts and candied fruit.
  9. Starting from a long side, tightly roll up each rectangle into a spiral. Seal seam. Shape into a ring on a prepared baking sheet. Snip the outside edge almost to the center at 1-1/2- to 2-inch intervals. Lift and twist each piece of the dough. Cover and let the dough rise until nearly doubled (30 to 40 minutes).
  10. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until done. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes. Remove to wire rack to cool.
  11. Drizzle Powdered Sugar Glaze over rings. Makes 2 rings.

Powdered Sugar Glaze

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Milk or half-and-half

Directions

  1. In a bowl, stir together powdered sugar and vanilla. Stir in enough milk or half-and-half to make drizzling consistency.

Nutrition Facts

(Yuletide Tea Ring)

Servings Per Recipe 24, pro. (g) 5, cal. (kcal) 267, vit. A (RE) 72, calcium (mg) 30, iron (mg) 2, sodium (mg) 207, fiber (g) 1, Fat, total (g) 11, carb. (g) 39, sat. fat (g) 5, chol. (mg) 46

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