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Apricot Tea Rings

 Apricot Tea Rings
This coffee cake is a favorite of mine. It's attractive, delicious and cuts like a dream. Sometimes I use convenient canned pie filling when I want a different flavor and I'm pressed for time. -Dot Christiansen Bettendorf, Iowa
24 ServingsPrep: 45 + rising Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 4-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 eggs
  • FILLING:
  • 12 ounces dried apricots, diced
  • 2 cups water
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons orange juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons 2% milk

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, yeast, salt and nutmeg. In
  • a small saucepan, heat the milk, water and butter to
  • 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat until moistened.
  • Beat in eggs until smooth. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • In a large saucepan, combine apricots and water. Cook over medium

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Directions (continued)

  • heat for 30 minutes or until the water is absorbed and apricots are
  • tender. Remove from the heat; stir in the brown sugar, juice and
  • nuts. Cool.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in
  • half. Roll one portion into an 18-in. x 12-in. rectangle. Spread
  • half of filling over rectangle to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up
  • jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal.
  • Place seam side down on a greased baking sheet; pinch ends together
  • to form a ring. Repeat for second ring. With scissors, cut each from
  • outside edge two-thirds toward center of ring at 1 in. intervals.
  • Separate strips slightly: twist so filling shows, slightly
  • overlapping with previous piece. Cover; let rise in a warm place
  • until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Bake at 375° for 25-28 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from
  • pans to wire racks to cool.
  • In a small bowl, combine confectioner's sugar and enough milk to
  • achieve desired consistency; drizzle over warm tea rings.
  • Yield: 2 rings (12 slices each).
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 205 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 24 mg cholesterol, 132 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.