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Braided Almond Ring

 Braided Almond Ring
An almond and lemon filling highlights this attractive yeast coffee cake that's perfect for breakfast, brunch or when guests drop by. It's worth the effort and has won me more than one Best of Show ribbon. -Nancy Means, Moline, Illinois
16 ServingsPrep: 1 hour + rising Bake: 35 min.

Ingredients

  • 3-1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons quick-rise yeast
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ALMOND FILLING:
  • 1/3 cup almond paste
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped almonds
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • EGG WASH:
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • GLAZE:
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons 2% milk

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Braided Almond Ring (continued)

Ingredients (continued)

  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine 1 cup flour, sugar, yeast, lemon peel and
  • salt. In a saucepan, heat milk, water and butter to
  • 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat until smooth. Add
  • the egg, egg yolk and 1/2 cup flour; beat for 2 minutes. Stir in
  • enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 5
  • minutes. Cover and let rest for 20-30 minutes. Punch dough down.
  • Divide into three pieces; roll each into a 24-in. x 4-in. rectangle.
  • In a small bowl, beat filling ingredients. Spread over dough to
  • within 1 in. of edges. Roll up, starting with a long side; pinch
  • seams to seal. Place ropes on a floured surface; gently braid. Place
  • in a well-greased 10-in. tube pan. Pinch ends to seal. Cover and let
  • rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Beat egg with water; brush over braid. Bake at 350° for 35-40
  • minutes. Carefully remove from pan to a wire rack. Combine the first
  • five glaze ingredients; drizzle over warm braid. Top with almonds.
  • Yield: 1 coffee cake (16 slices).
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 282 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 53 mg cholesterol, 135 mg sodium, 44 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.