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Almond Ring Coffee Cake

 Almond Ring Coffee Cake
At our farm, we sometimes host tours of visitors to New England. I serve this special yeast bread to our guests first thing in the morning with coffee. It's also a regular on our family's Christmas menu. -Vie Spence, Woburn, Massachusetts
8-10 ServingsPrep: 35 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 3-1/2 to 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • FILLING:
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • GLAZE:
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Sliced almonds, toasted, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour and yeast. In a saucepan, heat
  • the milk, butter, sugar and salt to 120°-130°. Add to dry
  • ingredients; beat until moistened. Add egg; beat for 3 minutes. Stir
  • in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 4-6
  • minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover
  • and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

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Almond Ring Coffee Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Punch dough down. Turn on a lightly floured surface; roll into an
  • 18-in. x 12-in. rectangle. In a small bowl, beat filling ingredients
  • until smooth. Spread over dough to within 1 in. of edges.
  • Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to
  • seal. Place on a greased baking sheet, sealing ends to form a ring.
  • Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until golden. Remove from pan
  • to a wire rack to cool.
  • In a small bowl, combine milk and almond extract; whisk in
  • confectioners' sugar until smooth. Drizzle over coffee cake.
  • Sprinkle with almonds if desired. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 429 calories, 12 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 54 mg cholesterol, 247 mg sodium, 73 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.