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Raisin Orange Holiday Trees

An easy-to-make festive Christmas coffeecake. Arrange raisin orange rolls in the shape of a tree. Give as hostess gifts or enjoy with family and friends.

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This recipe makes 3 Holiday Trees
Ingredients
Water1/2 cup
Milk1 cup
Eggs2
Butter1/4 cup
Bread Flour5 cup
Active Dry Yeast4 + 1/2 tsp
Salt1 tsp
Sugar1/2 cup
Orange rind, grated2 TBSP
Raisins1+1/2 cup
Filling
Brown Sugar1/2 cup, packed
Almonds, toasted1/2 cup, chopped
Cinnamon1 tsp
Butter3 TBSP, melted
Glaze
Powdered sugar, sifted1 cup
Butter or margarine, softened1 tsp
Hot water or milk1 to 2 TBSP
Orange rind, grated1 tsp
Directions

In mixer bowl, combine 2+1/2 cups flour, yeast, sugar, orange rind, and salt; mix well. Heat milk, water, and butter until very warm (120º to 130ºF; butter does not need to melt). Add to flour mixtures. Add eggs. Blend at low speed until moistened; beat 3 minutes at medium speed. By hand, gradually stir in raisins and enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on floured surface 5 to 8 minutes. Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and turn to grease top. Cover; let rise until dough tests ripe

 

Prepare Filling: Combine brown sugar, almonds, and cinnamon.
 

Punch down dough. Divide into 3 parts. On lightly floured surface, roll each third to an 11-inch square. Brush with 1 tablespoon melted butter; sprinkle with 1/3 of filling. Roll up tightly. Pinch edge and ends to seal. Cut into 11 slices. Place slices, edges touching, on greased cookie sheet, making a tree shape. Cover let rise in warm place until indentation remains after touching. Bake at 350ºF for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown. Remove from cookie sheets. Drizzle with Orange Powdered Sugar Glaze and garnish with candied cherries, if desired. Serve warm or cold.

 

*You can substitute Instant (fast-rising) yeast in place of Active Dry Yeast. When using Instant Yeast, expect your dough to rise faster. Always let your dough rise until ripe. Traditional methods: use equal amounts; Bread Machine: use 1/2 tsp Instant Yeast OR 3/4 tsp Active Dry Yeast per cup of flour in your recipe. Visit our Lessons in Yeast & Baking for more information on baking.

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