Christmas Tree Coffeecake
Marjorie Johnson pops by with another delicious dessert recipe for the holidays!

Ingredients for the Dough:

  • 1 cup water (105 – 115 degrees)
  • 2 packages active dry yeast plus 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/3 cup nonfat dry milk
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1-1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 3-3/4 to 4 cups bread flour

Ingredients for the Cherry Christmas Tree:

  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • ¼ cup candied red cherries
  • ¼ cup candied green cherries

Ingredients for the Icing:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 teaspoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions for the Dough:

  1. In a large electric mixer bowl, dissolve yeast in the warm water with 1 teaspoon sugar.
  1. Add dry milk, honey, butter, salt, eggs and half the bread flour. Blend together on low speed, then beat at medium speed for 4 minutes.
  1. Switch to bread hook and add rest of flour to make a soft dough that is smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.
  1. Place in a greased bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place until double in bulk. Punch down.
  1. Place dough on a floured cloth. Divide dough into two equal parts. Cover and let rest 15 minutes.

Directions for the Christmas Tree:

  1. Roll one part of the dough out into and 8x12-inch rectangle. Spread with butter, sprinkle sugar, nuts and cherries over butter evenly.
  1. Roll up like a jelly roll. Cut ½-inch slices.
  1. On a greased baking sheet place 1 slice near the top in the center of the baking sheet.
  1. Under it place 2 slices, under those, place 3 slices, under those, place 4 slices, and then in the center of those place 1 slice for the trunk of the tree.
  1. Cover, let rise in a warm place until double in bulk.
  1. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees until light golden brown (about 25 minutes).
  1. Remove from sheet and cool on a wire rack. Drizzle powdered sugar icing over tree.

Directions for the Icing:

  1. Combine the icing ingredients and stir until smooth.
  1. Drizzle over the coffeecake.
  1. Garnish with additional chopped cherries.

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