This recipe originally came from a bakery I worked in over 30 years ago. I did change the recipe to my liking. I Know the bakery doesn't exist any longer. The owners were Swedish. This is definitely a European coffee cake. Almond paste is used in it. Almond paste is used a lot in European baking. This is delicious. I also included a home made almond paste with this recipe if you prefer fresh almond paste.
1Dissolve yeast in warm water in a large bowl. Stir in milk,sugar,butter,egg,nutmeg,cinnamon,salt,and 2 cups of flour. Beat until smooth.Stir in more remaining flour until dough is easy to handle.
2NOTE; This recipe in designed to go with the almond paste recipe I have here. Do not use Solo Almond pastry filling. This Almond paste is not very sweet. If you are using a pastry filling with this recipe. rather than using my almond paste recipe.You have to adjust the butter and sugar in my recipe. Canned Almond filling is very sweet and syrupy. My recipe for almond paste is not.
3Put dough on lightly floured surface.Knead dough until smooth and elastic.Put dough in a greased bowl. Cover and let rise until dough is doubled in size.about 1-2 hours.
4Mean while make the almond filling.Just combine all ingredients for filling. stir really well.
5punch down dough. Roll dough on floured surface in to a rectangle about 15 x 9 inches.Spread the filling over the dough.
6Roll up tight rolling the 15 inch side.When you get to the end after rolling. Pinch the edge to seal it.With sealed edge down.Take the dough and stretch to make a circle on greased cookie sheet.
7With scissors make cuts 2/3 of the way in to the ring about one inch apart.All the way around the ring.Take each section and turn it on it's side.It should look overlapped.
8leave it to rise for about an hour. Heat oven to 350 degree's.
Cover loosely with foil if it browns to fast. Bake for about 25-30 minutes until golden brown.
9Make icing by mixing all ingredients together for icing. Drizzle icing on ring. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts, or sliced almonds, chopped Maraschino cherries, or pecans if desired.Not necessary, but yummy this way.
10HOME MADE ALMOND PASTE: Blanche 1 1/2 cups of unsalted almonds. Boil some water in the microwave. Add almonds. wait about 5-10 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon. The skin should peel right off.Take the blanched almonds and put in a food processor with a 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar.
Pulse until it is well mixed stopping the process now and then to incorporate.When the Almonds are nicely ground.Add the rest of the powdered sugar. Pulse until completely mixed. Add the beaten egg white,2 tbs butter,and almond extract. Pulse again until you have paste.If it is to sticky add more sugar a tablespoon at a time.Blend until smooth. Put in an air tight container and store in fridge up to 3 months.