Easter Egg Nest

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Perfect bread to make on Easter Sunday!

1 coffee cake
3-1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 (4-1/2 tsp.) envelopes Fleischmann's® Quick Rise Yeast
2 teaspoons freshly grated orange peel
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup water
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup butter OR margarine
7 eggs, divided (5 eggs should be colored with food coloring)
1/2 cup chopped almonds, toasted
1 tablespoon water
Orange Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 to 2 tablespoons orange juice

Combine 1-1/2 cups flour, sugar, undissolved yeast, orange peel and salt in a large mixer bowl. Heat water, milk and butter until very warm (120° to 130°F); stir into flour mixture. Stir in 1 egg, almonds, and enough remaining flour to make soft dough.

Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 6 to 8 minutes. Cover; let rest on floured surface 10 minutes.

Divide dough in half; roll each half to 30-inch rope. Loosely twist ropes together. Place twisted rope on large greased baking sheet; shape into circle and pinch ends together to seal. Place 5 colored eggs, evenly spaced, on dough, pressing between ropes in twist. Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 20 to 40 minutes.

Beat remaining egg with 1 tablespoon water; brush over dough (not on eggs). Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until done. Remove from sheet; let cool on wire rack.

Orange Glaze: Combine powdered sugar and orange juice in a small bowl. Stir until smooth. Drizzle Orange Glaze over bread. Serve promptly.

Total Time
Rise Time 20 to 40 minutes
Bake Time 30 to 35 minutes
Nutritional Facts
Total Fat grams 7.00
Saturated Fat grams 3.00
Cholesterol milligrams 40.00
Sodium milligrams 214.00
Total Carbohydrates grams 41.00
Dietary Fiber grams 2.00
Protein grams 6.00
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