Tannenbaum Coffee Cakes

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Coffee Cakes

to 6 cups all-purpose flour
cup sugar
teaspoons salt
pkg. active dry yeast
1 1/2
cups milk
cup butter or margarine


tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
cup sugar
cup chopped nuts
tablespoon cinnamon


cup powdered sugar
to 3 tablespoons milk
Candied cherries, quartered or halved


  1. 1 In large bowl, combine 2 cups of the flour, 1/2 cup sugar, salt and yeast; blend well. In medium saucepan, heat 1 1/2 cups milk and 1/2 cup butter until very warm (120 to 130°F.). Add warm liquid and eggs to flour mixture; blend with electric mixer at low speed until moistened. Beat 3 minutes at medium speed. By hand, stir in 2 to 2 1/2 cups flour to form a stiff dough.
  2. 2 On floured surface, knead in remaining 1 to 1 1/2 cups flour until dough is smooth and elastic, 5 to 8 minutes. Place dough in greased bowl; turn to grease all sides. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and cloth towel. Let rise in warm place (80 to 85°F.) until light and doubled in size, 1 to 1 1/4 hours.
  3. 3 Generously grease two 15x10-inch baking pans with sides. Punch down dough several times to remove all air bubbles. Divide dough in half. On lightly floured surface, roll 1 half into a triangle with two 12-inch sides and a 16-inch base.* Brush with 1 tablespoon of the melted butter.
  4. 4 In small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons melted butter and all remaining filling ingredients; mix well. Sprinkle half of filling evenly over dough.
  5. 5 To shape tree, starting at top point of dough triangle, fold 12-inch sides to meet in center, pressing all seams to seal. Invert, seam side down, into greased pan. With scissors or sharp knife, make 10 slits about 1 inch apart along each long outside edge of tree, cutting to within 1/2 inch of center of dough.
  6. 6 Starting at bottom of tree, twist each strip so cut side is up to show filling. Cover; let rise in warm place until light and doubled in size, 30 to 40 minutes. Repeat with remaining dough, melted butter and filling for second tree.
  7. 7 Heat oven to 350°F. Uncover dough; bake 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pans for 5 minutes. Remove coffee cakes from pans; place on wire racks. Cool 30 minutes or until completely cooled.
  8. 8 In small bowl, blend powdered sugar and enough milk for desired drizzling consistency. Drizzle over coffee cakes. Garnish with candied cherries.




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