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Maple Nut Coffee Bread

 Maple Nut Coffee Bread
This recipe makes one large coffee cake, so it's great to take to potlucks. The maple flavorings is a nice change from the more common fruit fillings.
16 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • FILLING:
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • GLAZE:
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add milk, shortening,
  • sugar, egg, salt, maple flavoring, cardamom and 2 cups flour. Beat
  • until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.

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Maple Nut Coffee Bread (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about
  • 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.
  • Meanwhile, grease a baking sheet or 14-in. pizza pan or line with
  • foil. For filling, combine the brown sugar, pecans, cinnamon and
  • maple flavoring; set aside.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into
  • thirds. Roll each into a 14-in. circle; place one on prepared pan.
  • Spread with a third of the butter; sprinkle with a third of the
  • filling. Top with a second circle of dough; top with butter and
  • filling. Repeat. Pinch to seal.
  • Carefully place a glass in center of circle. With scissors, cut from
  • outside edge just to the glass, forming 16 wedges. Remove glass;
  • twist each wedge five to six times. Pinch ends to seal and tuck
  • under. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. For glaze,
  • combine the sugar, maple flavoring and enough milk to achieve
  • desired consistency; set aside.
  • Carefully remove bread from pan by running a metal spatula under it
  • to loosen. Transfer to a wire rack. Drizzle with glaze. Cool
  • completely or serve while slightly warm. Yield: 1 loaf.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 310 calories, 10 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 210 mg sodium, 50 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.