Christmas Tree Coffee Cake
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cake compressed yeast; or
sifted all purpose flour
eggs, beaten (plus more as necessary)
diced mixed candied fruit
Soften yeast in lukewarm water. (Use warm water for dry yeast.)
Pour scalded milk over sugar, salt and butter.
Stir in 1 cup flour and eggs.
Add softened yeast and oats.
Combine 1/4 cup flour and candied fruits; stir to coat fruits evenly with flour.
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 with melted shortening.
Cover and let rise in warm place until double in size, about 1 hour.
Punch dough down; cover; let rest 10 minutes.
From one half, pinch off 17 pieces of dough; shape to form balls.
Arrange balls in the shape of a Christmas tree on greased cookie 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 at 375 for about 20 minutes.
Decorate with confectioners' sugar frosting and candied citron.