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Cran-Apple Tea Ring

 Cran-Apple Tea Ring
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
16 ServingsPrep: 45 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling

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 King Arthur Unbleached 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

  • 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.
  • 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

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Cran-Apple Tea Ring (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.