The recipe is really easy to make, especially if you've worked with yeast doughs before. Great for baking with kids too. When I described this recipe to a friend she said oh it sounds like 'pull-aparts' which is a term I hadn't heard before, but does describe how you eat this creation. Just pull off a piece of dough and munch!
2 1/4 tsp (1 pkg) dry yeast (I used 1/4 oz fresh yeast)
1 cup warm soy or regular milk
2 tbls oil
2 tbls + 2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
3-3 1/2 cups flour
(you can use 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour and 2-2 1/2 cups white flour, or all whole wheat*)
*If using whole wheat flour it is recommended to use 1.5 tsp dough enhancer
1 granny smith apple, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
3/4 tsp cinnamon
3/8 cup margarine or butter, melted
Note: have extra apples and pecans on hand just in case, see below in the instructions
1 cup icing sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3-4 tsp hot water or warm soy/reg milk
Note: this made way too much icing for me to use... I put a ton on the ring and still had to discard a good amount. I'd halve this recipe next time for sure.
Grease a 10-inch tube pan.
- Dissolve the yeast in warm soy milk in a large mixing bowl.
- Add the oil, egg, 2 tbl sugar, salt, and flour (and dough enhancer if using).
- Beat until smooth. If necessary add a bit more flour to form a soft dough. Knead (using the dough hook of your machine) until smooth and elastic.
- Place dough in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch down dough and divide in half.
And now the fun begins! Cut each half into 15 pieces (I know the dough seems small, but this works!) Flatten each piece into a small circle.
When I made this, one recipe of apple pecan filling wasn't enough, I think I ended up tripling it. Let me know what happens when you try it! I loved the mixture so I wanted to put as much as possible into each ball and sprinkled on top, but you can use less if you prefer.
PS This is so delicious to eat straight out of the bowl!
Place 1 teaspoonful of filling in the center of each circle.
Pinch edges together to form a ball. The shape actually reminds me of beggar's purse recipes.
Make sure edges are sealed.
Sprinkle the layer with 3 tbls apple pecan mixture.
Repeat with the remaining half of your dough, forming and filling about 15 balls. Sprinkle evenly with remaining apple pecan mixture (this caramelizes and becomes crisp in the best way). Drizzle remaining margarine over the ring before baking or discard.
Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 40 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely and remove from pan.
Combine icing ingredients, drizzle over ring. Voila!
Half this ring was devoured right after baking as you can see in the photos below. The rest I took to my sister and her family (kids of all ages, husband, and herself included) ate the rest WITHIN 24 hours. It's that good.