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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Fruit Filled Wreath

When I made the maple pecan breakfast ring, I had some leftover dough (I doubled the recipe).  Wanting to make something a little less sweet, I simply filled this one with stewed dried plums.  Did any of you catch the clever marketing ploy the plum/prune producers pulled a few years ago when they started calling prunes dried plums?  Instead of thinking about clogged-up geriatric patients, we can feel hip and clever by eating dried plums.  
I found the plum/prunes to be sweet enough on their own not to need any extra sugar.  The dough was already fairly sweet, too.  I didn't glaze the wreath, so I just buttered it when it came out of the oven.   That whitish looking stuff all over the top was the butter, it soaked in after half an hour or so.  I guess it ended up being a little like a stollen.  Whatever it was, it was certainly tasty.  
You certainly could change out the dried fruits.  Apricots, cherries or apples would all make lovely fillings.  You could also use a canned pie filling if you so choose, maybe half a can..(By the way have you noticed how expensive canned pie filling has gotten?  I saw it for over $6 a can last week!!)
Fruit Filled Wreath
Basic Sweet Dough (from Farm Journal's Country Cookbook 1959)
1 cups milk
1/2 stick butter (1/4 cup)
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1 package yeast (2 1/2 tsp)
1/4 cup warm water
1 egg, slightly beaten
4-5 cups flour
Filling: 
1 1/2 cups stewed dried plums (Soak dried fruit in very hot water for 20 minutes, drain) or 1/2 a can of canned pie filling

In a large microwave safe bowl, heat the milk, butter, sugar and salt until the butter is just about all melted.  Stir to melt the rest of the butter.  Cool slightly.  In a mixing bowl, combine the warm water and yeast until bubbly.  Add the egg to the milk mixture and then add to the yeast.  Either with a dough hook attachment on a heavy duty mixer or with brute strength of your arm and spoon, add the flour and knead 5-10 minutes (on a floured surface if doing by hand).  Cover in a bowl and let rise one hour until doubled.   Roll out the dough into a rectangle.  Spread fruit all over the rectangle.  Roll up jelly roll style. Form into a ring on a cookie sheet.  Cut into the ring 2/3 of the way through.  Cover and let rise another 30 minutes.  Bake 25 minutes or until done in a 375 degree oven.


28 comments:

Lizzy said...

What a lovely bread...the fruit filling sounds scrumptious :)

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

It looks delicious, Kristen. That is too funny about "dried plums" instead of prune... :) I really do think the name prune has a geriatric reputation. :)

Tiffanee said...

What a great flavor combination. It also looks so beautiful.

Food Gal said...

I don't like breakfast pastries that are all sugary sweet, so I love the idea of just smearing some butter on this while it's still warm from the oven. It's beautiful looking -- like it came from a fancy bakery.

Amy said...

I love home made bread and this fruit filled wreath looks like the work of art! Almost too pretty to cut ir tear into! :) Thanks for sharing.

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Lisa @ Flour Me With Love said...

This looks lovely...this is a recipe I would love to try, thanks :)

Cozy Home Scenes said...

That looks good even though I don't like plums.

SnoWhite said...

What a pretty dessert! Would be great for a shower or party.

Susan Lindquist said...

Kristen! This is such a beautiful coffee cake ring! It reminds me of a coffee dessert I would find i a German backerei ... they go for the plums over there BIG TIME! So delish!

Love the slits in the sides of your ring! So pretty! Bet it tastes scrumptious!

Barb said...

How beautiful! It looks so delicious!

danasfoodforthought said...

This sounds delicious and looks so impressive! I love that it is so versatile.

Katerina said...

First of all let me just tell you how gorgeous this looks. Secondly I eat a lot of prunes for the known reasons and this one is my kind of sweet!

Drick said...

that is one beautiful ring... too good looking to even cut... plums, apples, raisins and nuts all sound like a good filling (maybe a splash of bourbon) - hey, 'bout our weather, we get to grill out just about every month, won't you just love that????

Vimitha Anand said...

Baked so beautifully... Perfect to look at... Would have tasted great tooo...

Magic of Spice said...

This is so lovely...I have always loved dried plum/prunes :) Really beautiful!

Healthy Mamma said...

Oh, this looks so fun and yummy. This is just the sort of thing we love to bake around here.

Susi's Kochen und Backen said...

What a great idea with the dried plums. It certainly looks tasty!

Ruth said...

This looks lovely! Thanks for sharing!

Miz Helen said...

I just love taking the extra dough and creating something new. This Fruit Bread looks delicious, looks like you had fun. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

Cooking Rookie said...

Beautiful cake ;-)

Sue said...

Your wreath is BEAUTIFUL!

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happywhennothungry.com said...

Wow this looks beautiful! Nice job!

hobby baker said...

That's beautiful! My folks always get prune tarts for a special treat, so I think I'll make this the next time they come to visit.

briarrose said...

Beautiful wreath. It's always a shame to have to cut into that.

~3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

Perfect for a Sunday brunch!

Terra said...

Really beautiful!!! I love coffee cake type treats, something to enjoy anytime of the day...even a midnight snack:-)
Take care,
Terra

gingerbreadcake said...

What a beautiful fruit filled wreath, it looks amazing. I love dried plums and would just LOVE to try this. :) Thanks for the recipe!

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