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Monday, December 24, 2012

Delicious morning wreath...







i made this the minute i saw it here... oh my, beyond my wildest moments of drizzly heaven, it was a storming, pouring, roaring day, an excellent diversion. even better the next day in the full sunshine~

holiday cream cheese ring

1 loaf frozen bread dough, thawed
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon butter, at room temperature

Icing:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon butter, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
4 teaspoons milk

(i used left over cream cheese frosting from cinnamon pancakes)

Red and Green candied cherries, optional


Instructions
1.With a mixer, beat the cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice and butter till smooth. Set aside.

2.On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out into a 14 x 8 inch rectangle. Spread cream cheese mixture over dough almost to the edges. Starting with one of the longer sides, roll up dough as if making cinnamon rolls. Gently pinch seam to seal, then seal ends together to make ring. Make cuts every 1 1/2 inches or so...about 7/8 of the way through the ring (from outside towards the middle). Twist each ring on its side so that filling shows.

3.Place ring on parchment lined baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap and let rise an hour.

4.Preheat oven to 350ยบ and bake 20-25 minutes, till ring is puffed and golden.

5.While cooling, make icing by mixing all ingredients together. Place the icing in a quart ziplock bag and snip off corner. Drizzle icing over tea ring. Decorate with red and green candied cherries if desired.