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Bubble Bread Wreath

 Bubble Bread Wreath
"Every year, I bake about 20 of these yeasty wreaths to give as gifts to seniors in our area," notes Sylvia Petker from her Port Rowan, Ontario home. "I also make more for our family Christmas brunch. It's a cinch to serve since the bread pulls apart easily."
32 ServingsPrep: 45 min. + rising Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2 cups warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1-2/3 cups butter, softened, divided
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 8 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup chopped red and green candied cherries, divided
  • 1-1/3 cups chopped pecans, divided
  • SYRUP:
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar in water. Let
  • stand for 10 minutes. Add milk, 2/3 cup butter, eggs, salt and
  • remaining sugar. Stir in enough flour to form a soft dough. Turn
  • onto a 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. Punch
  • dough down; shape into 1-1/2-in. balls. Divide half of the balls
  • between two greased 10-in. fluted tube pans. In each pan, arrange
  • 1/4 cup cherries in spaces between balls; sprinkle with about 1/3

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Bubble Bread Wreath (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • cup pecans. Melt the remaining butter; drizzle 1/4 cup over each
  • pan. Repeat the layers once. Cover and let rise until nearly
  • doubled, about 30 minutes. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or
  • until golden brown.
  • Meanwhile, in a saucepan, heat syrup ingredients. Slowly drizzle over
  • warm loaves. Cool 10 minutes before inverting onto wire racks.
  • Yield: 2 loaves.
Editor's Note: For easiest removal, cool loaves in pans for only 10 minutes.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 326 calories, 16 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 47 mg cholesterol, 368 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.