Apricot Almond Tea Ring
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Makes: 2 rings (8 slices each)
 
Ingredients
Dough:
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • ¼ cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1-1/4 cups warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup mashed potato flakes
  • 2 eggs
  • 3-1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
FILLING:
  • 1-1/2 cups apricot preserves
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 5 ounces almond paste
  • ⅓ cup butter, softened
ICING:
  • 1-1/3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons 2% milk
  • ⅓ cup sliced almonds, toasted
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. In another bowl, combine milk, butter, sugar, salt, potato flakes and eggs. Let stand 1 minute. Add milk mixture and 3 cups flour to yeast mixture; beat until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Place preserves, sugar, almond paste and butter in a food processor; cover and process until blended. Punch dough down. Divide in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into 14x7-in. rectangle. Spread filling evenly to within ½ in. of edges. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seams to seal.
  4. Place rolls, seam side down, on two parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Pinch ends together to form two rings. With scissors, cut from outside edge to two-thirds of the way toward center of rings at 1-in. intervals. Separate strips slightly; twist to allow filling to show. Let rise until doubled about 35-40 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 375°. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Combine confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve a drizzling consistency. Drizzle over warm tea rings and sprinkle with almonds.
Recipe by Bakepedia at https://www.bakepedia.com/apricot-almond-tea-ring/