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Valentine Coffee Cake

 Valentine Coffee Cake
Your loved ones will enjoy this heart-shaped coffee cake from Summerhill, Pennsylvania editor Dolores Skrout.
30 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 15 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 4-1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • FILLING:
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped blanched almonds, toasted
  • 1/3 cup chopped maraschino cherries
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • GLAZE:
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a bowl, combine 1-1/2 cups flour, sugar, salt and yeast. Heat
  • milk, water and 4 tablespoons butter to 120°-130°. Gradually
  • add to dry ingredients; beat on medium for 2 minutes. Add eggs and
  • 1/2 cup flour; beat on high for 2 minutes. By hand, add enough

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Valentine Coffee Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • remaining flour to form a 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.
  • Punch dough down. Divide in half. Roll each half into a 26-in. x
  • 8-in. rectangle. Melt remaining butter; brush over dough. Combine
  • filling ingredients; sprinkle over butter. Roll up jelly-roll style
  • form long end; pinch to seal. Place seam side down on greased
  • nonstick baking sheets or baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  • Shape each roll into heart; seal ends. Cut from outer edge
  • two-thirds through cake every 1 in. and turn each section out. Cover
  • and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until golden. Remove
  • immediately from baking sheets to wire racks. Cool completely;
  • remove parchment paper if used. For glaze, cream sugar and butter.
  • Stir in milk and vanilla until smooth. Drizzle over hearts. Yield: 2
  • coffee cakes.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 180 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 160 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.