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Christy's Christmas Trees Recipe

Makes 1 loaf

Ingredients:

  • Dough:
  • 7/8 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Red Star active dry yeast
  • Icing:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk or up to 15 tbsp eggnog
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Green food coloring
  • Garnish:
  • Cinnamon red hot candies

Special Equipment: Bread machine


Instructions:

1. Place dough ingredients in bread pan, select Dough setting, and press Start.
3. When the dough has risen long enough, the machine will beep.
5. Turn off bread machine, remove bread pan, and turn out dough onto a lightly floured countertop or cutting board.
6. Gently roll and stretch dough into an 18-inch rope.
7. Grease a large baking sheet(s).
8. With a sharp knife, divide the dough into 17 pieces.
9. Roll each piece into a ball and place it on the greased baking sheet in the shape of a Christmas tree, spaced about a half-inch apart; 5 balls for the bottom roll, 4 balls for the next row, 3 balls for the next row, 2 balls for the next row, and 1 ball at the top.
10. Combine the remaining 2 balls into 1 large ball, gently roll it into a thick rope and shape it into an "S" to form the tree trunk.
11. To create 2, 4, or 6 smaller trees, simply divide the dough into 2, 4, or 6 pieces initially and then follow the directions for dividing up the dough and shaping each tree.
12. Cover and let rise in a warm oven for 30 to 45 minutes until doubled.
13. Remove from oven to preheat.
14. Remove baking sheet(s) from oven.
15. Preheat oven to 375 F.
16. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown.
17. Cool on a cake rack.
18. When the coffee cake(s) is cooled, in a small bowl, combine the icing ingredients, adding enough liquid to make the icing thin enough to spread over the coffee cake.
19. Spread each roll with icing, then decorate with cinnamon red hot candies.



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Cuisine:American
Preparation Method:Baking
Occasion:Christmas
Dish:Bread
Difficulty:Medium

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