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Christmas Coffee Cake Ring

A frosted holiday yeast coffee cake filled with nuts and candied fruit.
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5 from 2 votes


  • ¼ cup unsalted butter (56 grams)
  • 1 cup whole milk (237 ml)
  • 2 ¼ teaspoon active dry yeast (7 grams, 1 envelope)
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar (50 grams)
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 ½ cup all-purpose flour (420 grams)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup candied fruit (150 grams)
  • cup walnuts , chopped (43 grams)

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar , sifted (227 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract


  • Heat the butter and milk in a small saucepan over low heat until butter is melted. Remove and cool for about 5 minutes, until 120-130°F. Pour mixture into a large bowl and add the yeast, sugar and egg.
  • Mix in 1 ½ cups of the flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, candied fruit and walnuts. Add the remaining flour 1 cup at a time, mixing after each addition until incorporated. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set in a warm place. Let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a rectangle. Starting with a long end, roll it up tightly. Place rolled dough on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and shape into a ring.
  • Use a sharp knife to make cuts two-thirds of the way into the dough every 2 inches. Twist each section so that it lies parallel to the sheet pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled again, about 30-45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake coffee cake until golden brown, about 25-30 minutes. Let cool.
  • To make the icing, stir together the sifted powdered sugar, milk and almond extract. Drizzle over cooled cake. Garnish the cake with additional candied fruit and walnuts.
Note: Use whatever candied fruit you prefer, such as pineapple, cherries, citrus peel, raisins, cranberries, etc. Your grocery store may have a holiday display with a seasonal variety to choose from.


Sodium: 78mg, Calcium: 64mg, Vitamin C: 1mg, Vitamin A: 186IU, Sugar: 25g, Fiber: 3g, Potassium: 110mg, Cholesterol: 26mg, Calories: 330kcal, Saturated Fat: 3g, Fat: 8g, Protein: 6g, Carbohydrates: 59g, Iron: 2mg
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