This is probably my most favorite breakfast bread. Compliments abound when people taste the cream cheese filling. This recipe originally came from a Fleishmann's recipe book. The first time I made it, I changed the filling to suit my tastes. I knew that only 3 oz. of cream cheese would not do it justice so I increased the amount to 8 oz. and added another egg. I've never made the original version.
Although I've not tried it, exchanging the almond flavoring for orange or one of your favorites would work.
1Using a large mixing bowl (I use my Kitchenaid mixer) mix 1 cup of the flour with 1/3 cup sugar, salt, and undissolved yeast.
2In a small saucepan (or microwave) heat together the water, milk, and butter until liquids are very warm (120-130 degrees F). Add this gradually to the above dry ingredients mixture and beat 2 minutes at medium speed of mixer.
3Add 1/2 cup flour and 1 egg. Beat at high speed for 2 minutes. Stir in enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough. (You may not need all of it.) Cover bowl of dough with a dish towel and place bowl in a warm place to rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
Beat cream cheese until fluffy, then beat in 2 eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, and almond flavoring.
5Roll dough into an 18" circle. The dough will be very limp. Carefully place dough over a bundt pan (or angel food cake pan) allowing it to fill the pan, leaving a bit of dough to hang over edge of pan. It will be stretching in the middle, but leave it like that for now.
6Pour cream cheese filling around the dough in the well of the bundt pan. Fold the outer edges of dough over the filling. Cut an "X" in the center of the dough in the bundt pan and peel these four corners down over the filling and dough edges. Allow this dough to rise for another hour or until doubled in size.
7Preheat oven to 350 degrees; bake for 30 minutes or test with a toothpick for doneness.
Turn ring out onto a serving plate and frost with glaze if desired.
Mix together confectioners' sugar, milk, and flavoring and beat until smooth. Pour over coffee ring.