Wow...this bread is "melt in your mouth" wonderful. I made it for Easter and every one loved it so I made again this week...with the same "love it" response. It is easy and fun to make.
Delightful Daisy Ring
|Picture isn't the best - but it gives you an idea of what it is supposed to look like.|
Page 44 of Better Homes and Gardens All Time Favorite Bread Recipes (brings us this wonderful recipe. (side note: I got this little gem for a whole 25 cents at a garage sale!)
3 - 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 package active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp)
3/4 cup whole milk
1/4 cup butter
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup preserves
2 tablespoons chopped nuts
Beat in as much of the remaining flour as you can mix in with a spoon.
Turn out onto a lightly floured or greased with coconut oil surface. (I prefer coconut oil surface) Knead for to make stiff, smooth and elastic dough (6 to 8 minutes). Place in greased bowl; turn once to grease surface. Cover; let rise till double (1 1/4 hours). Punch down; cover and let rest 10 minutes. Transfer to either a well greased baking sheet or round stone (I prefer round stone).
Roll dough into a 14-inch circle. Place beverage tumbler in center of dough.
Make four cuts in dough at equal intervals, from outside of circle to tumbler. In the same manner, cut each section into five strips, making twenty strips total.
Twist 2 strips together, as shown, continuing around circle, making 10 twists; pinch ends. Remove tumbler.
Remove one twist; coil and place in center. Coil remaining twists toward center to for a daisy design.
Bake 375 oven for 20 - 25 minutes.
Serve with butter or use this option and make it a dessert:
Spread preserves over top; sprinkle with nuts and drizzle with Confectioners' Icing.
Confectioners' Icing: combine 1 cup powdered sugar, 1/4 tsp vanilla,, and enough milk to make a drizzling constancy.
I really loved making and serving this. I served it has rolls and not dessert. It is light and flaky - almost doesn't even need butter...notice I said almost as if you are going to eat a roll you might as well indulge and butter it.