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Cinnamon-Apricot Daisy Ring

 Cinnamon-Apricot Daisy Ring
I submitted this pretty bread to a 4-H competition more than 12 years ago and was named Grand Champion. Since then, it's earned honors for my Grandma Catherine and six of my cousins. We consider this a true family recipe!
16 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 15 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3-1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • FILLING:
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup apricot preserves
  • Vanilla Glaze
  • Slivered almonds, toasted

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine 1-1/2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In
  • a saucepan, heat milk and butter to 120°-130°. Add to dry
  • ingredients; beat until moistened. Add eggs; beat on low speed for
  • 30 seconds. Beat on high for 3 minutes. Stir in remaining flour;
  • beat well.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about

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Cinnamon-Apricot Daisy Ring (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 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. On a lightly floured surface, roll into a 16-in.
  • circle; place on a greased baking sheet (circle with be larger than
  • the baking sheet). Place a glass in the center of dough. Brush dough
  • with melted butter. Combine the sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over
  • butter. Cut from the glass to the outside edge, forming 16 wedges.
  • Remove glass.
  • Place one slice over the top of the next slice, cinnamon-sugar sides
  • together; pinch edges to seal. Continue around circle until there
  • are eight strips. Twist each strip four to five times. Loop to the
  • center to make daisy petals. Cut off one roll to place in the
  • center. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Beat egg yolk and water; brush over ring. Bake at 375° for 15-20
  • minutes. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool. Top with preserves.
  • Drizzle with Vanilla Glaze. Sprinkle with almonds. Yield: 1 ring
  • loaf.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 202 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 53 mg cholesterol, 210 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.