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Danish Pastry Wreath

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Ingredients
  Butter 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs), softened
  Whole wheat flour 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Warm milk 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Honey 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Warm water 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Yeast 2 Tablespoon
  Eggs 2
  Whole wheat flour 3 3⁄4 Cup (60 tbs)
  Butter 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), melted
  Egg 1
  Canned almond paste 8 Ounce
  Whole wheat bread crumbs 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Almond extract 1⁄2 Teaspoon
Directions

Beat butter and 1/4 cup flour until smooth.
Fasten a sheet of waxed paper to a smooth surface with a little water.
Spread butter/flour mixture on waxed paper to form an 8 x 12-inch rectangle.
Transfer waxed paper to a cookie sheet and refrigerate.
Warm the milk in a small saucepan.
Add honey and salt.
Pour warm water into Bosch bowl.
Add yeast, and let activate.
Add milk mixture, eggs, and enough flour to make a stiff dough.
Knead 10 to 12 minutes.
Remove from Bosch bowl, shape into a ball, oil lightly, and place in a large bowl.
Cover with a towel, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, and roll out to a 12 x 16 inch rectangle.
Place the butter/flour mixture on half the dough.
Fold the other half of the dough over the top.
Pinch to seal edges.
Roll dough out to an 8 x 16 inch rectangle.
Fold into thirds, seal edges, and chill for 1 hour.
Roll again to an 8 x 16 inch rectangle, fold into thirds and seal edges.
Chill 30 minutes more.
Repeat rolling, folding, and sealing procedure one more time.
Wrap in foil, and chill 3 hours or overnight.
Using half the dough (keep the other half refrigerated), roll out the dough into an 8 x 22 inch rectangle.
Cut into thirds lengthwise to create three long strips of dough.
Combine filling ingredients, and spread half the filling lengthwise down the center of each strip.
Roll each third into a long rope, and seal the edges.
Loosely braid the three ropes.
Place on a well greased cookie sheet, and form into a wreath.
Seal ends.
Prepare second wreath in same manner.
Allow to rise in a warm place until double, approximately 1 hour.
Bake in a 375° F oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
NOTE: A variety of fillings may be used instead of the almond paste, such as cinnamon and sugar, ground dates and raisins moistened with applesauce, mincemeat, chopped nuts, or any combination.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Side Dish
Servings: 
2

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