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Cherry-Cheese Tea Ring

Cherries and almonds make the perfect pair in this delightful tea ring. It’s great for breakfast or brunch, and the cream cheese layer makes it extra-indulgent.—Marie Rizzio, Interlochen, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 ring (12 slices)

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • FILLING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 jar (10 ounces) maraschino cherries, drained
  • 3/4 cup chopped almonds
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 4 teaspoons 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In a small saucepan, heat milk and butter to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat just until moistened. Add egg and extract; 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 6-8 minutes. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • For filling, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and extract until smooth. Punch dough down and turn onto a lightly floured surface. Roll into a 14x7-in. rectangle. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly to within 1/2 in. of edges. Sprinkle with cherries and almonds. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal.
  • Preheat oven to 375°. Place 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-in. intervals. Separate strips slightly; twist to allow filling to show.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over warm tea ring.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 375 calories, 16g fat (7g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 196mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.
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