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Cran-Apple Tea Ring Recipe

Cran-Apple Tea Ring Recipe

A comforting combination of cranberries, apples and walnuts makes this tea ring a lovely addition to brunch. Invite friends and family over to enjoy a few slices over coffee. -Nellie Grimes of Jacksonville, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup warm fat-free milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 2-3/4 to 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup thinly sliced peeled apple
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add milk, egg, butter, orange peel, salt, 3 tablespoons sugar and 1 cup flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • 2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a bowl coated with cooking spray; turn once to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
  • 3. In a bowl, toss the apple, cranberries, walnuts, cinnamon and remaining sugar; set aside. Punch dough down; turn onto a lightly floured surface. Roll into a 20-in. x 10-in. rectangle. Combine egg white and water; chill 3 tablespoons. Brush remaining mixture over dough. Spoon fruit mixture to within 1 in. of edges. Roll up tightly jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; seal ends.
  • 4. Place seam side down in a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray; pinch ends 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 so filling shows. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 40 minutes.
  • 5. Brush with reserved egg white mixture. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown (cover with foil during the last 10 minutes). Remove to a wire rack to cool. Combine confectioners' sugar and orange juice; drizzle over ring. Yield: 16 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 200 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 174 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat, 1/2 fruit.