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Maple Pecan Coffee Twist

 Maple Pecan Coffee Twist
Making sweet breads has been a hobby of mine since I was a teenager. The addition of maple flavoring gives this coffee cake a tasty twist.—Carolyn Strube, Garden City, Texas
16 ServingsPrep: 45 min. + rising Bake: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 3/4 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup mashed potatoes
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • FILLING:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup finely 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 the milk,
  • potatoes, shortening, sugar, eggs, maple flavoring, salt and 2 cups
  • flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a

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Maple Pecan Coffee Twist (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • soft dough.
  • 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.
  • For filling, combine the sugar, pecans, cinnamon and maple flavoring;
  • set aside. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface;
  • divide into thirds. Roll each portion into a 14-in. circle; place
  • one circle on a greased baking sheet or 14-in. pizza pan.
  • Spread with a third of the butter; sprinkle with a third of the
  • filling. Top with a second circle of dough; spread with butter and
  • top with filling. Repeat with remaining dough, butter and filling;
  • pinch to seal.
  • Carefully place a glass in the center of the 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.
  • In a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar and 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. Serve slightly warm or
  • cool completely. Yield: 16 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 piece equals 341 calories, 14 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 40 mg cholesterol, 150 mg sodium, 47 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.