Icelandic Coffee Wreath (Fyltur Hveitibraudskrans)

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“The Icelandics have a practical and down to earth approach to all of their cooking and baking, but they are exceptionally skilled at making wonderful things to go with coffee!”
1 wreath

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. FOR THE DOUGH: In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in the water and let stand 5 minutes. Add the egg, butter, sugar, salt, and sour cream. Beat in 2 cups of the flour to make a stiff dough. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  2. Turn out onto lightly floured board and roll out to make a square about 20 to 24 inches across.
  3. TO MAKE THE FILLING: Blend the almond paste, egg, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Spread this mixture over the rolled dough to within 1/2 inch of the edge of the dough. Sprinkle with the raisins and orange peel. Roll dough up, jelly roll fashion, enclosing the filling.
  4. Cover baking sheet or a 16 inch pizza pan with parchment paper or lightly grease it. Place roll on the pan in the shape of a wreath and seal ends together. With a pair of scissors, clip the wreath and lift the cut dough back over the wreath decoratively. Let rise 1 hour or until puffy. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  5. To make the glaze, mix the beaten egg well with the 2 tablespoons milk. Brush wreath with the mixture and sprinkle with the pearl sugar. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until golden.
  6. The Great Scandinavian Baking Book B. Ojakangas.

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