Circle of Hearts Cherry Bread
3/4 cup maraschino cherries, chopped
1/2 cup maraschino cherry juice
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon reduced fat margarine
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
16 ozs Hot Roll Mix
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 cup hot water, 110 to 120 degrees
2 tablespoons reduced fat margarine, softened
1 whole egg
1 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons skim milk
To prepare filling, combine cherries, cherry juice, cornstarch, 1
tablespoon margarine, walnuts, and almond extract in a saucepan.
Cook over medium heat until very thick and clear, stirring
constantly. Remove from heat and set aside. Prepare a baking sheet
with cooking spray; set aside. Prepare a six ounce custard cup with
cooking spray; set aside.
To prepare bread, combine hot roll mix, foil packet, granulated
sugar, hot water, remaining margarine, and egg in a mixing bowl. Mix
well. Onto a lightly floured surface, shape dough into a ball. Knead
five minutes, or until smooth. Cover and let rest five minutes. On a
lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 18 x 12" rectangle.
Spread filling over dough within half inch of edges. Starting with
18 inch side, roll up tightly, pressing edges to seal. Place seam
side down on prepared baking sheet. Join ends to form ring, placing
prepared custard cup bottom side up in center of ring. Pinch ends of
dough to seal.
With scissors or sharp knife, cut from outside edge of ring to
within half inch of inside of ring, making fourteen cuts 1 1/4 to 1
1/2 inches apart. Turn two cut sections on their sides in opposite
directions to form heart shape. Repeat to make seven hearts. Cover
and let rise 30 minutes on wire rack set over large pan to which hot
water has been added. Preheat oven to 375. Bake for 35 minutes, or
until golden brown. Carefully remove custard cup. Cool completely.
To prepare glaze, combine powdered sugar and milk. Mix until
drizzling consistency. Drizzle over bread, outlining hearts.
Calories 211 Fat 3 g Carbs 40 g Sodium 250 mg Fiber 1 g.