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Almond Cherry Ring Recipe

I frist made this coffee cake for Christmas brunch a few years ago and it was a hit. Each bite is bursting with a classic pairing of cherry and almond flavors. —Michelle Delgado, Newnan, Georgia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 25 min. YIELD:10-12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried cherries or cranberries
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/2 to 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • FILLING/GLAZE:
  • 1/2 cup almond filling
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk, divided
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • 1. In a saucepan, combine the cherries, cold water and 1/4 cup sugar. Cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • 2. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. In a saucepan, heat milk and butter to 110°-115°. Add the milk mixture, lemon peel, salt, remaining sugar and 1-1/2 cups flour to yeast mixture; beat until smooth. Add eggs; beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Add enough remaining flour to form a firm dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • 3. Punch dough down. Roll into an 18-in. x 8-in. rectangle. Spread almond filling to within 1/2 in. of edges. Sprinkle with reserved cherries. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal. Place seam side down on a lightly greased baking sheet. Pinch ends together to form a ring.
  • 4. With scissors, cut from outside edge to two-thirds of the way toward the center of the ring at 1-1/2-in. intervals. Separate strips slightly; twist so filling shows. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • 5. In a bowl, combine egg and 1 tablespoon milk. Brush over dough. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. For glaze, in a bowl, beat confectioners' sugar, vanilla and remaining milk until smooth; drizzle over the ring. Yield: 10-12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 286 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 50 mg cholesterol, 164 mg sodium, 47 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.