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Easter Nest Coffee Cake

 Easter Nest Coffee Cake
The first time I made this clever coffee cake for family and friends, it was a huge hit. Our kids usually eat an "egg" and then a slice of the "nest"! —Dian Burge, Friedheim, Missouri
16 ServingsPrep: 35 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.

Ingredients

  • 3-3/4 to 4-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 egg
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk
  • Assorted colored sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon water
  • 3 drops green food coloring
  • 1 cup flaked coconut

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine 2 cups of flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In a
  • saucepan, heat the milk, water and butter to 120°-130°. Add
  • to dry ingredients; beat until blended. Add egg and 1/2 cup flour;
  • beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft
  • dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and
  • elastic, about 4-6 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to
  • grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about

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Easter Nest Coffee Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into
  • thirds. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Shape one portion of
  • dough into six egg-shaped rolls. Arrange rolls with side touching in
  • the center of a large greased baking sheet. Roll each remaining
  • portion of dough into 24-in. ropes; twist together. Wrap around the
  • rolls; pinch ends together to seal.
  • Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove
  • from pan to a wire rack to cool.
  • For glaze, combine the confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough milk
  • to achieve drizzling consistency. Drizzle over coffee cake.
  • Immediately sprinkle eggs with colored sugar. For grass, combine
  • water and food coloring in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Add
  • coconut; shake until tinted. Sprinkle around edge of coffee cake
  • nest. Yield: 1 loaf.