This is a recipe I found in my Davis family cookbook. I think someone found it from taste of home magazine. The finished product is golden and fluffy, then topped with powdered sugar icing it's amazing! I wasn't feeling good last night after I finished baking so I'm sorry I don't have a finished picture. Then, my boyfriend got a hold of it this morning for breakfast so it wasn't as pretty as I remembered before going to bed :(.
- 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
- 1 1/3 cups warm water (110 degrees to 115 degrees)
- 1 cup warm milk (110 to 115 degrees F)
- 1 cup butter, melted
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons milk
In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, butter, eggs, sugar, salt and 3 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
Punch dough down; turn onto a floured surface. Divide into two portions. Roll each portion into an off-shaped square. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Spread over the dough. Sprinkle with pecans. Fold one corner to the opposite side so your folded dough looks like a triangle. Cut slits in the bottom to make your trunk. Cut off part of one side strip so your trunk won’t be too thick. Fold the short side under the middle, and wrap the long side under and around the short side. Trim off the extra on the bottom.
Transfer the tree to a wax paper cookie sheet. Using a sharp knife, make indentations where the branches would be.
Slice through the tree from near the center out, cutting slits along the indentations for the branches.
Twist each branch upward about two times. Shape each branch so that it has a nice tree shape. Allow to rise a bit before baking so that the tree will be nice and full. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to wire rack to cool. Combine icing ingredients and drizzle over the top.