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Candy Cane Coffee Cakes Recipe

Candy Cane Coffee Cakes Recipe

I make my festive-looking coffee cakes at Christmas and for breakfast company. My husband doesn't usually care for apricots, but he loves these. The holidays are a busy time on our small New England acreage. In addition to a few cattle and some chickens, we raise 50 turkeys every year! —Kelley Winship, West Rutland, Vermont
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + rising Bake: 15 min. YIELD:30-36 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 5-1/4 to 6 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups (12 ounces) finely chopped dried apricots
  • 1-1/2 cups finely chopped maraschino cherries
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ICING:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons water

Directions

  • 1. In a saucepan, heat sour cream until lukewarm. Set aside. Dissolve yeast in warm water. In a large bowl, add sour cream, softened butter, sugar, salt, eggs and 2 cups flour. With an electric mixer, beat until smooth. Stir in just enough of the remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • 2. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic. 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; divide into 3 equal parts. On a lightly floured surface, roll each part into a 15x6-in. rectangle. Place on greased baking sheets. With a scissors, make 2-in. cuts at 1/2-in. intervals on the long sides of rectangle. Combine apricots and cherries; spread one-third of the mixture down the center of each rectangle.
  • 4. Crisscross strips over filling. Stretch dough to 22 in. and curve to form cane. Let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • 5. Preheat oven to 375°. Bake 15-20 minutes. While warm, brush canes with melted butter. Combine icing ingredients and drizzle over tops. Yield: 3 coffee cakes.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 173 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 24 mg cholesterol, 160 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.