Festive Coffee Ring – 1959

Posted on Dec 12 2013 - 5:21am by RetroRuth

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Festive Coffee Ring
  • ½ cup warm, not hot, water (105-115 degrees F)
  • 1 pkg Fleischmann's Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T sugar
  • 2½ cups Bisquick
  • 2 T soft Blue Bonnet Margarine or butter
  • 2 T brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup chopped candied fruit
  • ½ cup chopped Diamond Walnuts
  1. Dissolve Fleischmann's Yeast in warm water. Add egg, sugar, and Bisquick. Beat vigorously.
  2. Turn onto surface dusted with Bisquick. Knead until smooth, 20 times.
  3. Roll into 16x9 inch rectangle. Spread with Margarine. Sprinkle with sugar, fruit and Diamond walnuts.
  4. Roll up, beginning at wide side. Pinch dough together to seal. Place sealed side down on greased baking sheet. Pinch ends together to form ring.
  5. With scissors, make cuts ⅔ through ring at 1-inch intervals. Turn each section on its side.
  6. Cover. Let rise in a warm place (85 degrees) about an hour.
  7. Bake in moderate oven (375 degrees) 15-20 minutes. Ice with confectioners sugar icing. Decorate with candied cherries and walnut halves.


From Better Homes & Gardens, December 1959

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4 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. CAT December 12, 2013 at 9:25 am - Reply

    I love this! My mom gifts these every year to friends and family. A super tasty treat at Christmas time!

  2. Amorette December 13, 2013 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    My great aunt used to make this. I’d pick off the nuts and candied fruit, both of which I loathe, and eat the rest. Very sweet as I recall.

    • Erica December 14, 2013 at 7:18 pm - Reply

      Ha, as a kid I probably would have picked off the nuts and candied fruit and just eaten those…

  3. Brian December 26, 2013 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    I made this for Christmas and it was a huge hit! Easy and delicious. Thanks Ruth and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you, Tom, and the darling baby.

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