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Tasty Tuesday Christmas Tree Coffee Cake

Have you ever looked at something year after year and yet never seen something, a treasure within an article?
Each year this has been our Christmas breakfast. From the look of the page that has this cut out pasted upon it, you can tell it is a loved article.
I cut the edible Christmas tree recipe out of a commissary handout over 31 years ago! And use it every year.
This year I read the first two paragraphs and burst out laughing. The wonderful lady who sent this in was stationed with us in Iceland 20 years ago. At that time her son was in high school with our son and daughter. Part of a close knit group of friends who are Facebook buddies now.
Oh how I love the small world of the military. I hope you find joy in the little things of life today and every day!
Merry Christmas, happy holidays and a fantastic 2011~!
Edible Christmas Bread
1 package or 2 teaspoons of loose yeast
1 c flour
3 oz cream cheese, cut in cubes
1/2 c milk
1/4 c sugar
1 T butter
1 t salt
1 egg (optional)
1 small can crushed pineapple, drained and reserved
2 c flour
Combine yeast and 1 c flour, set aside. In saucepan, combine cubed cream cheese, milk sugar, butter and salt. Heat stirring often, until cream cheese is melted. Add to dry ingredients.
Add egg (optional) to cream cheese/ flour mixture. Beat 1/2 minute at low with electric mixer; beat 3 minutes at high speed.
Drain pineapple, reserving syrup. Add drained pineapple and 2 c flour to cream cheese mixture to make a soft dough. Turn out on floured surface and knead 3 to 5 minutes. Place in greased bowl; cover and let rise until doubled in bulk.
Punch dough down and shape into 22 ball. Arrange balls in tree shape on greased baking sheet, suing 2 balls for the trunk. Let rise until nearly doubled in bulk. Bake in 350 degree oven 30 minutes.
Combine confectioner's sugar with 3 to 4 t. of reserved pineapple syrup to make frosting. Drizzle frosting on cake to make it look like garland. Garnish with maraschino cherries to make the appearance of ornaments for the edible tree if desired.

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