Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Grandma's Coffee Cake (Also known as Christmas Bread)
This recipe is large enough to make two loafs of bread and a pan of rolls! I will often just make half a batch.
4 C. milk
1 C. half and half
2 sticks of butter
1 1/4 C. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
Heat 'til very hot and butter is just about melted. Cool to lukewarm and then add three packages of yeast that have been dissolved in 1/2 C. warm water and 1 tsp. sugar.
Stir in 1 tsp. vanilla and about 12 C. flour by hand. Knead until the dough isn't sticky any more. Put in a large greased bowl and let rise for an hour.
You can make a large pan of rolls with the dough as well as a couple of coffee cakes. The "coffee cakes" are really round loaves of bread that will look like the picture. I like to add chopped maraschino cherries to the cake--very Christmassy!
Sprinkle the top of your cakes with sugar & cinnamon and let them and your rolls rise for 1/2 hour to an hour. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Frost rolls with powdered sugar frosting.
Powdered Sugar Frosting
1 1/2 C. powdered sugar
A dash of salt
1/4 C. butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
Blend together, adding milk by the teaspoonful until it's spreading consistency. Enjoy!