Martha Washington's Fan Recipe

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Martha Washington's Fan Recipe
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Martha Washington's Fan Recipe

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MAKES:
30 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 40 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:
30 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 40 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 6 to 7 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons nonfat dry milk powder
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups warm water (120° to 130°)
  • 3 eggs
  • FILLING:
  • 1-1/2 cups flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted, divided
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk

Directions

In a mixing bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, dry milk, yeast and salt. Add butter and water; beat on low for 2 minutes. Add eggs; beat on high for 2 minutes. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl; turn once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Combine coconut, pecans and brown sugar in a bowl. Blend in 3 tablespoons butter; set aside. Punch dough down; divide into thirds. Roll one portion into a 20-in. x 6-in. rectangle, with a short side facing you. Brush top two-thirds of dough with 1 tablespoon of remaining butter; sprinkle buttered portion with one-third of filling. Starting at plain short side, fold dough over half of filling; fold over again. Seal edges and end. Place on a greased baking sheet with folded edge facing away from you. With scissors, cut into eight strips to within 1 in. from folded edge. Separate strips slightly; twist to allow filling to show. Pinch ends into points. Repeat with remaining dough and filling. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool. Combine icing ingredients; drizzle over fans. Yield: 3 loaves.
Originally published as Martha Washington's Fan in Country Woman March/April 1998, p31

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 250 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 186mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

  • 6 to 7 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons nonfat dry milk powder
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups warm water (120° to 130°)
  • 3 eggs
  • FILLING:
  • 1-1/2 cups flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted, divided
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, dry milk, yeast and salt. Add butter and water; beat on low for 2 minutes. Add eggs; beat on high for 2 minutes. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl; turn once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Combine coconut, pecans and brown sugar in a bowl. Blend in 3 tablespoons butter; set aside. Punch dough down; divide into thirds. Roll one portion into a 20-in. x 6-in. rectangle, with a short side facing you. Brush top two-thirds of dough with 1 tablespoon of remaining butter; sprinkle buttered portion with one-third of filling. Starting at plain short side, fold dough over half of filling; fold over again. Seal edges and end. Place on a greased baking sheet with folded edge facing away from you. With scissors, cut into eight strips to within 1 in. from folded edge. Separate strips slightly; twist to allow filling to show. Pinch ends into points. Repeat with remaining dough and filling. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool. Combine icing ingredients; drizzle over fans. Yield: 3 loaves.
Originally published as Martha Washington's Fan in Country Woman March/April 1998, p31

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Ceege User ID: 730520 47085
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2014

"Need better instructions before I can try this recipe. Looks and sounds yummy."

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