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Cherry-Cheese Tea Ring

 Cherry-Cheese Tea Ring
Cherries and almonds make the perfect pair in this delightful tea ring. It’s great for breakfast or brunch, and the cream cheese layer makes it extra-indulgent.—Marie Rizzio, Interlochen, Michigan
12 ServingsPrep: 40 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • FILLING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 jar (10 ounces) maraschino cherries, drained
  • 3/4 cup chopped almonds
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 4 teaspoons 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In a
  • small saucepan, heat milk and butter to 120°-130°. Add to
  • dry ingredients; beat just until moistened. Add egg and extract;
  • beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft
  • dough (dough will be sticky).

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Cherry-Cheese Tea Ring (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about
  • 6-8 minutes. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about
  • 1 hour.
  • For filling, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and extract
  • until smooth. Punch dough down and turn onto a lightly floured
  • surface. Roll into a 14x7-in. rectangle. Spread cream cheese mixture
  • evenly to within 1/2 in. of edges. Sprinkle with cherries and
  • almonds. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch
  • seam to seal.
  • Preheat oven to 375°. Place seam side down on a greased baking
  • sheet; pinch ends together to form a ring. With scissors, cut from
  • outside edge to two-thirds of the way toward center of ring at 1-in.
  • intervals. Separate strips slightly; twist to allow filling to show.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pan to a
  • wire rack to cool. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over warm tea
  • ring. Yield: 1 ring (12 slices).
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 375 calories, 16 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 50 mg cholesterol, 196 mg sodium, 53 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein.