Lemon Candy Canes Recipe
1 pkg. (1/4 oz.) active dry yeast
1/2 C. warm water (110° - 115°)
1/3 C. sour cream
3 T. butter or margarine, softened
3 T. sugar
1 t. salt
2-3/4 to 3 C. all-purpose flour
1/2 C. finely chopped walnuts or pecans
1/3 C. sugar
3 T. butter or margarine, melted
1 T. grated lemon peel
1 C. confectioners’ sugar
1 T. lemon juice
1 T. water
1/4 t. vanilla extract
In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warn water. Add the next 5 ingredients and 1-1/4 C. flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic; about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turn once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Let rest 10 minutes. Roll each into a 12-in. x 8-in. rectangle. In a bowl, combine filling ingredients; mix well. Spread half of filling over dough to within 1/2-in of edges. Fold in half lengthwise; pinch seam to seal. Cut into 12 strips.
Holding both ends of strip, twist each strip three or four times. Place 2-in. apart on greased baking sheets. Curve one end to form a cane. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes. Bake at 375° F. for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Combine icing ingredients; drizzle over rolls.
Yield: 2 dozen
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