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Cherry Christmas Coffee Bread for 24

Makes: 24 servings Yield: 3 loaves
Prep 40 mins Rise 30 mins Bake 375°F 12 mins
Cherry Christmas Coffee Bread for 24
  • 1  cup  milk
  • 1/3  cup  water
  • 1  egg
  • 1/3  cup  margarine or butter, cut up
  • 4 2/3  cups  bread flour
  • 1/3  cup  sugar
  • 1  teaspoon  salt
  • 1 1/4  teaspoons  active dry yeast or bread machine yeast
  • 1 1/3  cups  dried tart cherries
  • 2/3  cup  sugar
  • 2  tablespoons  bread flour
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  ground cinnamon
  • 1/4  cup  margarine or butter
  • 1  cup  sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/2  teaspoon  vanilla
  •  Milk
  •  Halved candied red and green cherries

1. Add the first 9 ingredients to the bread machine pan according to the manufacturer's directions. Select the dough cycle. When cycle is complete, remove dough from machine. Punch down. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, for filling, in a bowl combine the 2/3 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons bread flour, and 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. With a pastry blender, cut in 1/4 cup margarine or butter until crumbly. Set aside.

3. Divide the dough into thirds. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a 12x6-inch rectangle. Sprinkle the rectangle with one-third of the filling, then fold in half to make a 12x3-inch rectangle. Cut into twelve 3x1-inch strips. Twist the strips. Arrange twisted strips on a greased large baking sheet to form a tree shape. Use 10 strips for the lower branches, placing cut ends toward the center, and one strip for the base. Cut remaining strip in half; use for top branches.

4. Repeat with remaining dough, forming two more tree shapes on baking sheets. Cover; let rise in a warm place about 30 minutes or until nearly double.

5. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from baking sheets; cool on wire racks.

6. In a small bowl stir together powdered sugar and vanilla. Stir in enough milk (3 to 4 teaspoons) to make a glaze of drizzling consistency. Drizzle over breads. Garnish with cherries. Makes 3 loaves (24 servings).

Nutrition Facts (Cherry Christmas Coffee Bread for 24)
  • Servings Per Recipe 24,
  • cal. (kcal) 257,
  • Fat, total (g) 6,
  • chol. (mg) 14,
  • sat. fat (g) 1,
  • carb. (g) 46,
  • fiber (g) 1,
  • pro. (g) 5,
  • sodium (mg) 170,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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