Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 2 ( 1/4 ounce) packages active dry yeast

  2. 1/2 cup white sugar

  3. 1 cup warm milk

  4. 1/2 cup butter , melted

  5. 5 egg yolks

  6. 4 cups all-purpose flour

  7. 2 teaspoons salt

  8. 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  9. 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

  10. 1 can / or make your favorite pie /pudding filling (this is OPTIONAL)

  11. 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese

  12. 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

  13. 2 cups confectioners' sugar

  14. 1/4 cup lemon juice

  15. 2 tablespoons milk

  16. 1 tablespoon multicolored candy sprinkles

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and white sugar in warm milk.

  2. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

  3. Stir the egg yolks and melted butter into the milk mixture.

  4. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, nutmeg and lemon zest. Beat the flour mixture into the milk/egg mixture 1 cup at a time.

  5. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. ..about 8 minutes.

  6. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil.

  7. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 2 hours.

  8. In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese and 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar. Mix well.

  9. In another small bowl, combine the remaining 2 cups confectioners' sugar, lemon juice and 2 tablespoons milk. Mix well and set aside.

  10. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Roll the dough out into a 6x30 inch rectangle.

  11. Spread the cream cheese filling across the center of the dough.

  12. At this time of spreading the cream cheese filling you may also the OPTIONAL your favorite pie /pudding filling Bring the two long edges together and seal completely.

  13. Using your hands shape the dough into a long cylinder and place on a greased baking sheet, seam-side down.

  14. Shape the dough into a ring .

  15. Press the baby into the ring(or dried pea/bean ) from the bottom so that it is completely hidden by the dough.

  16. Place a well-greased 2 pound metal coffee can the center of the ring to maintain the shape during baking.

  17. If you dont have a coffee can you may use a small 8 inch cake pan.

  18. Now after putting the pan or can :

  19. Cover the ring with a towel and place in a warm place to rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  20. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 30 minutes.

  21. Remove the coffee can/cake pan and allow the bread to cool.

  22. Drizzle cooled cake with lemon/sugar glaze and decorate with candy sprinkles.


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