Christmas Wreath Bread
Total TimePrep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling
Makes1 wreath (16 slices)
I made this using my 1-1/2 lb loaf bread machine to mix and kneed - so much easier. I did adjust the recipe a bit: I increased the butter to 1/2 cup and I used pecans, brown sugar with cinn in the center as well as sprinkling cinn over the top just prior to baking. I did have to watch it in the oven - it baked quickly and only took 17-20 mins. If you let it get too dark, your edges will be tough. My family loved it! Was even good warmed in the micro the next AM! Great coffee cake replacement! I'm always looking for something fairly easy to make and take to church functions. I'm sure this will become one of my requested items. In fact, this made the best "bread" dough I have made to date in my machine (got it 2 weeks ago). I'll be using the basic recipe for bread often.
This was good, though not as sweet and sticky on the inside as I expected. Also, when you roll it out into the large rectangle, be sure that the outer edges are not thinner than the middle, or you will end up with a lopsided wreath. Next time I make this, I am going to divide it in half to make two small wreaths, and try adding a little more sugar, nuts, whatever to the filling. Also, I used milk in my glaze and eliminated the almond extract. It needed more liquid than called for in the glaze too. Sprinkling some more almonds over the finished wreath would be a pretty idea too.
Me and my family all loved this wreath bread! I would make some changes to the recipe next time I make it however. I will use milk instead of water when making the icing, and I'll also reduce the amount of almond extract. I glazed the bread with melted butter and sprinkled sugar on top before baking as well...everyone loved it! A fun thing I might try is add food coloring to the icing to make it festive. Great recipe!