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Chocolate Walnut Ring

 Chocolate Walnut Ring
This is an adaptation of my wife's recipe. It's terrific for a holiday brunch or as a mid-morning snack.
18-20 ServingsPrep: 55 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • FILLING:
  • 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • GLAZE:
  • 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons milk

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine 1 cup flour, sugar, yeast, cinnamon and
  • salt. In a small saucepan, heat milk, water, butter and oil to

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Chocolate Walnut Ring (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat just until
  • moistened. Add egg and yolk; beat until smooth. Stir in enough
  • remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  • 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.
  • Combine filling ingredients in a small bowl; set aside.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Roll into an
  • 18x9-in. rectangle; sprinkle with filling to within 1 in. of edges.
  • Roll up tightly jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; seal
  • ends.
  • Place seam side down on a greased 12-in. pizza pan; pinch ends
  • together to form a ring. With scissors, cut from outside edge
  • two-thirds of the way toward center of ring at 1-in. intervals.
  • Separate strips slightly; twist to allow filling to show. Cover and
  • let rise until doubled, about 40 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Bake 18-22 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Combine glaze ingredients;
  • drizzle over ring. Yield: 18-20 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 175 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 79 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.