¾cuphalf & half - (warmed for 45 seconds in the microwave)170 gr
3tablespoonssugar - 39 gr
1teaspoonsalt - 6 fr
2large eggs - 100 gr
¼cupunsalted butter - (softened) 57 gr
3¾cupsall-purpose unbleached flour - (save ½ cup flour back to use if needed) 450 gr
2¼teaspoonsinstant yeast - 7 gr
3tablespoonsbutter - (softened) 42 gr
½cuppacked light brown sugar - 107 gr
2teaspoonscinnamon - 5 gr
½cuppecans - (chopped and toasted) 57 gr
2cupssifted powdered sugar - 227 gr
½teaspoonvanilla - 2.5 gr
2 + tablespoons milk or black coffee - 28 gr
Place all ingredients for the dough (in the order listed) into the bread machine pan. Set the DOUGH cycle and press start. After 15 minutes, check the dough for consistency. Add the reserved flour 1 tablespoon at a time if the dough is too wet. Add water 1 teaspoon at a time if the dough is too dry. The dough should stick to the sides of the pan and pull away cleanly.
When the DOUGH cycle finishes, check to make sure the dough has risen to double its original size. If not, leave the dough in the machine until it doubles. If so, remove dough from the bread machine pan and divide it in half. Cover each portion with plastic wrap and let rest for 10 minutes.
Roll the first half into a 9 x 20-inch rectangle. Spread with half the butter. Sprinkle with half of the filling mixture. Starting at the long side, roll up jellyroll style. Pinch seam to seal.
Now it gets a little tricky but the twist is what makes this sweet bread special. Proceed with confidence.
Slice roll in half lengthwise. Place halves side by side, with cut surfaces facing up. Moisten one end of each portion with wet fingers. Push the ends together to join the two pieces of dough. Twist pieces together; shape into a ring and fit into a greased 8 or 9-inch pan. Moisten ends and press to seal.
Repeat the process with the other half of the dough and filling. Cover and let rise in a warm place until almost doubled in size. Preheat oven to 350˚ F.
Bake for about 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Let stand 3 minutes and transfer to serving platter with a spatula.
Make icing and pour over the top.
Directions for making bread with a stand mixer or by hand:
To make this recipe in a heavy-duty stand mixer: Add ingredients to the bowl in the same order. Turn on LOW to mix until all ingredients are moistened. Then, using a dough hook, turn the speed to 2 or 3. Continue beating/kneading until dough becomes smooth and elastic (about 5-10 minutes). Cover and allow to rise in a warm place. Deflate dough gently and shape as indicated in the recipe.
If making by hand: Combine all ingredients into a shaggy ball in a large bowl. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead with your hands until the dough becomes smooth and elastic. Kneading will likely take 10-20 minutes, depending on your experience. Place the dough ball into a greased bowl. Cover and allow to rise until double. Deflate the dough gently and shape as indicated in the recipe.