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Christmas Wreath Bread

 Christmas Wreath Bread
"I like to make this bread for Christmas because it looks so festive. I also make extras to give to shut ins and at holiday bazaars. Everyone looks forward to them. I hope you enjoy them, too." Agnes Ward, Strattford, Ontario
16 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1-1/2 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4-1/2 to 5-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the butter, milk
  • powder, sugar, egg, salt and 3 cups flour. Beat on medium speed for
  • 3 minutes. 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 the
  • top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

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Christmas Wreath Bread (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Punch dough down. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into an
  • 18-in. x 12-in. rectangle. Brush with melted butter. Sprinkle with
  • chopped almonds and cinnamon to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up
  • jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal.
  • 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. Cover and let rise until
  • doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Combine
  • confectioners' sugar, water and extract; drizzle over warm bread.
  • Yield: 1 wreath (16 slices).
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 259 calories, 8 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 29 mg cholesterol, 170 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.