Prep time: 40 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Bread-baking has been a lifelong passion for Betty Iams of Davis. Twenty years ago, she wrote a cookbook, "Bread Baking From A to Z," which included this recipe. She says this is a good recipe for beginners because instead of kneading the dough, you mix it with an electric mixer.
3½ to 4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 packages active dry yeast
1 cup butter or margarine, divided use
1 cup milk
¼ cup water
3 eggs, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
Combine 1½ cups flour, sugar, salt and yeast in a large bowl. Combine ½ cup butter, milk and water in saucepan and heat over low heat until liquid is warm, 120 to 130 degrees. Gradually add to dry ingredients and beat two minutes at medium speed of mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Add eggs and 1 cup flour or enough to make a thick batter. Beat at high speed two minutes, scraping bowl occasionally.
Stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Round up dough in well-greased bowl, cover and let rise in warm place until doubled in size.
Meanwhile, combine the cinnamon filling ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
Punch down dough. Divide dough into halves and roll each portion out on a well-floured surface to a sheet about 1/3-inch thick. Melt remaining butter. Cut dough into 2-inch diamond shapes with a well-floured cutter or sharp knife.
Dip pieces of dough into melted butter and place dough in 3 layers into a greased 10-inch ring mold or tube cake pan, sprinkling cinnamon filling between layers and on top. (Make sure the tube pan is one piece so the butter doesn't drip on bottom of oven and burn.) Pan should be no more than ¾ full or pieces of dough will pop off while baking.
Cover and let rise until light, about one hour. Bake at 400 degrees about 35 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool five minutes in pan, then turn out on rack to cool completely, or turn onto plate and serve warm.
Note: The prep time does not include the rise times for dough. You may add nuts, raisins or chocolate pieces to the filling.
Per serving: 383 calories; 7 grams protein; 50 grams carbohydrates; 17 grams fat (11 saturated, 5 mono- unsaturated, 1 polyunsaturated); 97 milligrams cholesterol; 223 milligrams sodium; 1 gram fiber; 19 grams sugar; 41 percent calories from fat.