Christmas Tree Coffee Cake
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas
Christmas Tree Coffee Cake is a festive Christmas yeast cake with oats and diced mixed candied fruits to represent the colors of this most special holiday.
1 cake compressed yeast or 1 package dry yeast
3/4 cup milk; scalded
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter or margarine
3 cups sifted all-purpose flour (plus more as necessary)
2 eggs; beaten
1 cup oats, uncooked (quick or old fashioned)
1/2 cup diced mixed candied fruits
Soften yeast in lukewarm water. (Use warm water for dry yeast.) Pour scalded milk over sugar, salt and butter. Cool to lukewarm. Stir in 1 cup flour and eggs. Add softened yeast and oats.
Combine 1/4 cup flour and candied fruits; stir to coat fruits evenly with flour. Add to dough; mix well. Stir in enough more flour to make a soft dough. Turn out on lightly floured board or canvas; knead until smooth and satiny, about 10 minutes. Round dough into ball; place in greased bowl; brush lightly wtih melted shortening. Cover and let rise in warm place until double in size, about 1 hour.
Punch dough down; cover; let rest 10 minutes. Divide dough in half. From one half, pinch off 17 pieces of dough; shape to form balls. Arrange balls in the shape of a Christmas tree on greased cooky sheet. Brush lightly with melted butter. Repeat with other half of dough. Cover; let rise in warm place until nearly double in size, about 1 hour.
Bake in preheated moderate oven (375 degrees) about 20 minutes. Decorate with confectioners sugar frosting and candied citron.
Yields: 2 Coffee Cakes
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