Sunday, November 23, 2008

Holiday Cooking Blogger Style

I mentioned several posts ago, about Holiday Cooking Blogger Style. At the time I had originally looked at this, there were several recipes. Today, I checked again, and there are 64 recipes.

Since I had mentioned my Christmas breakfast traditi
on yesterday, I decided to add that recipe to the list.

These are the Candy Cane coffee cakes that I make for our Christmas morning breakfast. I usually make them a few days before Christmas and then refrigerate them. Christmas morning, pop them into the oven, warm them up and then put on the glaze.

I'm not taking credit for the picture--these are not ones that I have made--though mine do look like this--minus the bow!! This recipe makes 3 large candy canes, so I usually give one away.

Christmas Candy Cane Coffee Cakes

Makes 3 coffee cakes (12 slices each)

2 packages regular or quick active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees F)
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
2 eggs
5 1/2 to 6 cups Gold Medal Better for Bread™ flour
or Gold Medal all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups chopped dried apricots
1 1/2 cups chopped drained maraschino cherries
Coffee Cake Glaze
1 1/2 cups red cinnamon candies, if desired

1. Dissolve yeast in warm water in large bowl. Add buttermilk, sugar, butter, eggs, baking powder, salt and 2 1/2 cups of the flour. Beat with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in enough remaining flour to make dough easy to handle. (Dough should be soft and slightly sticky.)

2. Grease 3 cookie sheets. Turn dough onto well-floured surface; gently knead about 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Divide dough into 3 equal parts. Roll one part into rectangle, 15 x 9 inches. Place rectangle on cookie sheet.

3. Mix apricots and chopped cherries. Spread one-third of the apricot mixture in a strip about 2 1/2 inches wide lengthwise down center of rectangle. Make cuts in dough at 1/2-inch intervals on both 15-inch sides almost to filling. Fold strips over filling, overlapping and crossing in center. Carefully stretch dough until 22 inches long; curve one end to form top of cane. Repeat with remaining 2 parts of dough. Cover and let rise in warm place about 1 hour or until double. (Dough is ready if indentation remains when touched.)

4. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Drizzle Glaze over warm coffee cakes. Decorate with cinnamon candies.

I have some other Christmas recipes, too, but I'll save them for another day.

K--that's all for a while!!



Knittin Kudzu said...

Beth, The picture alone made my mouth water!!! This is a great recipe! Maybe if I show my husband the picture he will get my oven fixed!! LOL! Thanks for sharing!

Blessings, Sandy

Aunt Kathy said...


I think I might make these for Church at Christmas time. I can't eat things like this anymore but they sure look like fun to make.

Debbie said...

I love how they look! Thanks for sharing your recipe. I may just try making them this year. My plan is to make more food gifts so I'm always looking for new ideas.

Chatty Kelly said...

I need a "readers digest" version. I have a 5 or fewer ingredient rule. Wonder if I could make it with store bought crossants??? What do you think?

Denise said...

Sounds really yummy.

Overwhelmed! said...

What a fun recipe! I really want to try to make these during the Christmas season.

Thanks for participating in my 3rd annual Holiday Cooking, Blogger Style recipe exchange! I do appreciate it.