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Mom's Almond-Filled Coffee Rings

 Mom's Almond-Filled Coffee Rings
The recipe for Mom's coffee cake goes back more than 50 years. Perfect for special occasions, the nut-filled ring is so pretty and has such wonderful flavor.—Arlene Murphy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
20 ServingsPrep: 45 min. + rising Bake: 15 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 2/3 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3-1/2 to 4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • FILLING:
  • 1-1/2 cups finely chopped almonds
  • 1-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • ICING:
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm milk. Add the eggs, sugar,
  • butter, salt and 1 cup flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough
  • remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about

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Mom's Almond-Filled Coffee Rings (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the
  • top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Combine the almonds, brown sugar and cinnamon; set aside.
  • Punch dough down; turn onto a lightly floured surface. Divide in
  • half. Roll each half into a 12-in. x 9-in. rectangle. Spread butter
  • over rectangles to within 1 in. of edges; sprinkle with almond
  • mixture. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch
  • seams to seal.
  • Place each portion seam side down on a greased baking sheet; pinch
  • ends together to form a ring. With scissors, cut from outside edge
  • to two-thirds of the way toward center of ring at 1-1/2-in.
  • intervals. Separate strips slightly; twist to allow filling to show.
  • Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Bake at 375° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Combine the
  • confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla; drizzle over rings. Yield: 2
  • rings (10 slices each).
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 350 calories, 14 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 51 mg cholesterol, 162 mg sodium, 53 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.