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Poinsettia Coffee Cake

I often take this yeasty coffee cake to Christmas open houses or church functions. People "ooh" and "aah" over the fun poinsettia shape, but that doesn't stop them from cutting big pieces.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    16-18 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 3/4 cup warm whole milk (110° to 115°)
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 to 5-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • FROSTING:
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons water
  • Yellow and red colored sugar

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add milk, eggs, sugar, lemon zest, salt and 2-1/2 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir in dates and nuts.Stir in enough 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 1-1/2 hours.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a floured surface; divide into eight equal pieces. Shape one piece into eight smaller balls; mound in the center of a large greased baking sheet. Form remaining pieces into tear drop shapes by tapering one side of each ball. Place around smaller balls with wide end of petals touching the flower center. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, beat the butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough water to achieve desired frosting consistency. Spread over warm coffee cake. Sprinkle center with yellow sugar and petals with red sugar.
Editor's Note: This coffee cake dough contains no butter, shortening or oil.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 234 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 154mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.
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