Basic 5-cup Bread Dough
1 1/2 cups walnuts
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 tablespoons margarine - divided 2 T. for filling, 2 T. melted for brushing over risen dough
Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
1 1/3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons hot milk (microwave for 20-30 seconds)
Whisk together ingredients until no lumps are visible.
|Place walnuts, powdered sugar, cinnamon, and 2 T. margarine in bowl of food processor.|
|Pulse all ingredients to fine paste, leaving only small bits of walnuts visible.|
|Divide the filling into three equal portions.|
|Divide the bread dough into four equal pieces and shape each into a ball.|
|Lightly flour the work surface. The dough needs to stick a little so do not over flour.|
|Roll the dough out slightly larger than a 14-inch round pizza pan. Press the pan into the dough to leave an indented circle to use as a guide to stretching out subsequent circles.|
|Spread out one portion of the filling on this bottom layer. Be less generous in the middle than on the outer edges, since the middle tends to get doughy and not cook through if the filling is too heavy.|
|Poke the middle with a fork through the dough layers. The bread can rise unevenly in the middle without the holes.|
|Wet the outside edge of the bottom layer with a bit of water if it has dried out and fold it up over the top, pinching it evenly all around the edge.|
|Use the rolling pin to flip the dough over, seam side down and place it on an oiled (Pam spray) pan. Be gentle with this procedure, the bottom layer of dough is thin and could rip through to expose the nut mixture, ruining the design.|
|Gently press the dough to shape it back into a circle and out toward the edges of the pan.|
|Use a small dish (this one is 3 1/2" in diameter) to mark the center of the dough and cut through all the dough layers to create four equal sections.|
|Cut each of those four sections into 3 equal sections for a total of 12.|
|Then twist the dough, a half twist shows the seam side up.|
|The completed twist will place the seam side down, this is desired.|
|Twist opposing sections toward on another.|
|Each section should appear to make a point as they twist inward.|
|Poke more holes with a fork into the top in a decorative design to encourage an even rise.|
|Once the dough looks plump and about double in size, it is ready to bake. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons margarine and brush the top to encourage browning and a shiny beautiful appearance. Bake at 375-degrees for 20-25 minutes.|
Enjoy! Please feel free to leave a comment, I would love to hear if you make modifications and other successes with filling.
Note: Another beautiful option for this bread is using Nutella, there are recipes and videos from a number of sources around the internet. Admittedly, one came to me through social media prior to making my version but I created this recipe completely myself, only having seen the picture as an idea for this shape.