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Martha Washington's Fan Recipe

Martha Washington's Fan Recipe

Easter morning would not be the same at our house without this bread. The impressive loaves also make nice Christmas gifts.—Susan Peck, Springfield, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:30 servings


  • 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
  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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Reviewed Sep. 29, 2014

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

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