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    Family Star Ring

    Source of Recipe

    Master Chef Don's 2009 Collection

    Recipe Introduction

    Servings: 16 Yield: 1 ring Notes: *To save up to 50% rising time, use Rapid Rise Yeast. Follow above directions except reduce first rise; cover kneaded dough and let rest on board 10 minutes. Proceed with recipe. Categories: Appetizers/ Snacks, Braids and Wreaths

    List of Ingredients

    1/2 cup sugar
    4 teaspoons lemon peel
    3/4 teaspoon salt
    1 cup lowfat milk
    1/2 cup water
    1/2 cup margarine
    2 eggs, at room temperature
    OR (for low-cholesterol baking substitute)
    3 egg whites
    Cooking spray

    1 package chopped dates or pitted dates, snipped
    1/2 cup water
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
    1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
    Confectioners' sugar icing, optional


    1. In large bowl mix 2 cups flour, undissolved yeast, sugar, lemon peel and salt.

    2. Heat milk, water and margarine until hot to touch (125 to 130F). Gradually add to dry ingredients; beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Add eggs and 1 cup flour; beat at high speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. With spoon, stir in enough additional flour to make stiff dough.

    3. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 6 to 8 minutes. Place in bowl coated with cooking spray; spray top of dough with cooking spray. Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.*

    4. Prepare Date-Nut Filling: Combine (8-ounce) package chopped dates (snipped) and water in saucepan over medium heat. Simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until very thick. Stir in ground cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice and chopped, toasted pecans.

    5. Punch dough down. On lightly floured surface, roll dough to 18 15-inch rectangle. Spread filling evenly on dough, leaving 1/2-inch border at long edges. Roll up from long side as for jelly roll; pinch seam to seal. Join ends to form ring; pinch to seal. Place in 10-inch tube pan coated with cooking spray. Spray top of dough with cooking spray. Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until almost doubled in size, about 35 to 45 minutes.

    6. To make star: With sharp knife, make 8 V-shaped cuts in top of ring. Make each "V" 1/2-inch deep, 1-inch at wide end and 2-inches long with points extending to outer edge of ring.

    7. Bake at 350F for 55 to 60 minutes, until done. Cover with foil after 35 minutes. Remove from pan; cool on wire rack. Frost with icing, if desired.




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