Christmas tree coffee cake

Yield: 2 Cakes

Measure Ingredient
1 \N Cake compressed yeast; or... Dry yeast
¾ cup Milk; scalded
¼ cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Salt
⅓ cup Butter or margarine
3 cups Sifted all-purpose flour (plus more as necessary)
2 \N Eggs; beaten
1 cup Quaker Oats, uncooked (quick or old-fashioned)
½ cup Diced mixed candied fruits

Soften yeast in lukewarm water. (Use warm water for dry yeast.) Pour scalded milk over sugar, salt and butter. Cool to lukewarm. Stir in 1 cup flour and eggs. Add softened yeast and oats. Combine ¼ cup flour and candied fruits; stir to coat fruits evenly with flour. Add to dough; mix well. Stir in enough more flour to make a soft dough.

Turn out on lightly floured board or canvas; knead until smooth and satiny, about 10 minutes. Round dough into ball; place in greased bowl; brush lightly wtih melted shortening. Cover and let rise in warm place until double in size, about 1 hour.

Punch dough down; cover; let rest 10 minutes. Divide dough in half.

From one half, pinch off 17 pieces of dough; shape to form balls.

Arrange balls in the shape of a Christmas tree on greased cooky sheet. Brush lightly with melted butter. Repeat with other half of dough. Cover; let rise in warm place until nearly double in size, about 1 hour.

Bake in preheated moderate oven (375 F.) about 20 minutes. Decorate with confectioners' sugar frosting and candied citron.

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