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Christmas Tree Coffee CakeMerry Christmas Wish

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.

Baking Christmas Tree Coffee Cake


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

Recipe Directions

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.

Nutrition Information

Yields: 2 Coffee Cakes

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