Almond-filled sweet bread

This mix is an excellent candidate for a special occasion, as it can be shaped into a variety of elegant rings. Below are two options for creating a sweet bread fit for royalty.

1. how to shape a loaf using a tube pan

  1. Prepare the dough as directed on the package. After its first rise, gently deflate, and pat/roll into an oval approximately 14" x 18"; don’t be too fussy about this. Prepare the almond filling as directed, and spread it atop the dough. Again, don’t fuss too much; the filling doesn’t have to go all the way to the edges of the dough.

    Almond-filled sweet bread - step1

  2. Starting with a long edge, roll the dough into a log. Slice the log into 12 pieces.

    Almond-filled sweet bread - step2

  3. Overlap the slices in a 10” stoneware ring pan (first choice, for best presentation); a tube pan (monkey bread pan, pictured), or an angel-food pan.

    Almond-filled sweet bread - step1

  4. Let the dough rise for an hour, or until it’s noticeably puffy.

    Almond-filled sweet bread - step4

  5. Bake the ring in a preheated 350°F oven for about 35 minutes, until it’s golden brown.

    Almond-filled sweet bread - step5

  6. Remove it from the oven, and turn it out of the pan onto a rack. Once the ring is cool, prepare the glaze, and drizzle it over the top, letting it drip down the sides.

2. how to shape the elegant loaf pictured on the mix package

  1. Follow the instructions up to the point where you've formed the filled dough into a ring and pinched the edges together to seal.
  2. Place the ring on a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet.
  3. Using a pair of scissors, cut two-thirds of the way into the edge of the ring at 2" intervals.
  4. Turn each cut section onto its side.
  5. Continue with rising and baking directions