---------- Recipe via Meal-Master (tm) v8.02
  
       Title: Christmas Tree Coffee Cake
  Categories: Breads, Cakes, Yeast
       Yield: 2 cakes
  
       1    Cake compressed yeast; or...
       1 pk -Dry yeast
     3/4 c  Milk; scalded
     1/4 c  Sugar
       1 ts Salt
     1/3 c  Butter or margarine
       3 c  Sifted all-purpose flour
            -- (plus more as necessary)
       2    Eggs; beaten
       1 c  Quaker Oats, uncooked
            -- (quick or old-fashioned)
     1/2 c  Diced mixed candied fruits
  
   Soften yeast in lukewarm water.  (Use warm water for dry yeast.)  Pour
   scalded milk over sugar, salt and butter.  Cool to lukewarm.  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.  Add to dough;
   mix well.  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 wtih melted shortening.  Cover and let rise in warm place
   until double in size, about 1 hour.
   
   Punch dough down; cover; let rest 10 minutes.  Divide dough in half.  From
   one half, pinch off 17 pieces of dough; shape to form balls.  Arrange
   balls in the shape of a Christmas tree on greased cooky 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 in preheated moderate oven (375 F.) about 20 minutes.  Decorate with
   confectioners' sugar frosting and candied citron.
   
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