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St. Valentine's Day Cake

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Ingredients
  Flour 2 1⁄2 Cup (40 tbs)
  Active dry yeast 1 Tablespoon
  Milk 2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs)
  Sugar 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Unsalted butter 2 Tablespoon
  Egg 1
  Unsalted butter 1 Tablespoon, melted
  Light brown sugar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), firmly packed
  Ground almonds 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Chopped maraschino cherries 3 Tablespoon (Drained)
  Almond extract 3⁄4 Teaspoon
  Flaked coconut 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Confectioners sugar 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Milk 3 Tablespoon
  Red food coloring 6 Drop
Directions

1 Combine 1 1/2 cups flour and yeast in large bowl. Mix.
2 Heat milk, sugar, salt, and butter to hot (120°-130°F).
3 Add the milk mixture to dry ingredients and mix until smooth. Add egg and enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.
4 Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth€”about 10 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning to coat top.
5 Cover; let rise in warm place until double€”about 1 hour.
6 Punch down dough. Roll dough into a 15 x 22-inch rectangle.
7 Brush with melted butter. Combine brown sugar, ground almonds, cherries, almond extract, and coconut in small bowl. Sprinkle over dough.
8 Roll up jelly-roll style. Pinch seam to seal. Gently pull into a 26-inch roll. Place on greased baking sheet. Firmly seal ends together and shape into heart.
9 Along the outside edge of heart, make cuts 2/3 of the way into dough at 1 1/2-inch intervals. Turn each cut section toward its side.
10 Cover; let rise in warm place until double€”about 1 hour.
11 Bake in a preheated 350°F oven 25-30 minutes or until done. Cool on wire rack.
12 If icing is desired, mix confectioners' sugar and milk until smooth. Add coloring for a pink hue. Frost when cool.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
American
Taste: 
Sweet
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Bread
Occasion: 
Valentines Day
Restriction: 
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Flour
Preparation Time: 
180 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
210 Minutes

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