Honey Almond Twist: Day 8

It’s that time of year again where I will share 12 days of decor ideas, favorite recipes (usually sweet), simple traditions and fun things to do.

Day 8:
Honey Almond Twist

This recipe comes from The Pillsbury Family Christmas Cookbook.  It is one of my mom’s favorite holiday treats.  Perfect for breakfast or as a snack with an afternoon cup of coffee.

The Finished Product:

The Recipe:

Bread
6 to 7 cups bread flour*
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 packages active dry yeast
1 cup water
1 cup milk
1/2 cup margarine or butter
1 egg

Filling
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons margarine or butter, softened

Glaze
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons margarine or butter
1/2 cup slivered almonds

Grease 2 cookie sheets.  Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off.  In large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, 1/2 cup sugar, salt, yeast; blend well.  In small saucepan, heat water, milk and 1/2 cup margarine until very warm (120 to 130° F).  Add warm liquid and egg to flour mixture.  Blend at low speed until moistened; beat 3 minutes at medium speed.  By hand, stir in an additional 3 cups flour until dough pulls away from sides of bowl.  On floured surface, knead in remaining 1 to 2 cups flour until dough is smooth and elastic with blisters under the surface, about 10 minutes.

Place dough in greased bowl; cover loosely with plastic wrap and cloth towel.  Let rise in warm place (80 to 85° F) until light and doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Punch down dough several times to remove all air bubbles.  Allow dough to rest on counter covered with inverted bowl for 15 minutes.  In small bowl, combine 1/3 cup sugar and cinnamon; set aside.  Divide dough into 3 equal pieces.  On lightly floured surface, roll each piece of dough to 25 x 6 inch rectangle.  Spread each with 1 tablespoon margarine or butter.  Sprinkle with sugar-cinnamon mixture.  Starting with longer side, roll up tightly; pinch edges to seal.  Twist each roll, stretching slightly.  Form pretzel shape; tuck ends under to seal.  Place on greased cookie sheets.  Cover; let rise in warm place until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.

Heat oven to 350° F.  Uncover dough.  Bake at 350° F. for 20 to 30 minutes or until deep golden brown.  Immediately remove from cookie sheets; place on wire racks.  In small saucepan, combine all glaze ingredients.  Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Spoon hot glaze over warm breads, completely covering tops and sides.
Makes 3 (16 slice) coffee cakes.

Tips:
*All purpose or unbleached flour can be substituted for bread flour.  Decrease kneading time to 5 minutes, omit resting period and decrease each rise time 15 minutes.

I always make a little extra glaze so the bread is well covered.

I also always place the cooling racks on top of foil, wax paper or parchment paper to catch all the excess glaze.

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5 Responses to Honey Almond Twist: Day 8

  1. That looks great. It must be so comforting to eat 😀

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