Heavenly Heart Coffeecakes

Heavenly Heart Coffeecakes

Ingredients:

1 package (16 ounces) hot roll mix
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
5-1/2 teaspoons Equal® for Recipes
or 18 packets Equal® sweetener
1 egg
2 tablespoons margarine
1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
3/4 cup hot water
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
Mixed Fruit Filling (recipe below)

Equal® sweetener can be substituted with other sweetener products. Nutrition contents might be different from those listed below.

Combine flour and yeast from hot roll mix in medium bowl; add spices, lemon rind, and Equal® and mix well. Stir in remaining ingredients, except Mixed Fruit Filling and almonds, to make a soft dough. Knead dough on lightly floured surface until smooth, about 5 minutes. Cover dough with bowl; let stand 15 minutes.

Divide dough into 2 equal pieces. Roll 1 piece on floured surface into rectangle 20x6 inches. Spread (1/2) the Mixed Fruit Filling over dough, to within 1 inch of edges. Roll up dough, beginning with long edge.

Place dough, seam side down, on greased cookie sheet; shape into a heart, pinching ends together with scissors, cutting through center of dough and leaving top and bottom of heart uncut. Gently open cut surfaces of dough to expose the filling. Repeat with remaining dough and filling. Let stand in warm place until double in size, about 45 minutes.

Bake coffeecakes in preheated 350oF oven until dough is browned, about 15 minutes. Slide coffeecakes onto wire racks to cool. Sprinkle with almonds.

Tips:
Coffeecakes can also be made into horseshoe, ring, or other desired shapes. After forming, cut dough as directed above in recipe.
A single dried fruit such as apricots, pears or apples can be substituted for the mixed dried fruit, if desired.

If desired, coffeecakes can be drizzled with Almond Cream Cheese Glaze (recipe below).

Yield: Makes 2 coffeecakes, 8 servings each.


Mixed Fruit Filling

Ingredients:

2-1/2 cups chopped mixed dried fruit
1-1/2 cups apple cider or unsweetened apple juice
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
7-1/4 teaspoons Equal® for Recipes
or 24 packets Equal® sweetener
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind

Combine all ingredients in medium saucepan; heat to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until cider is almost evaporated, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool.

Yield: Makes about 1-2/3 cups.

Nutritional Information:

Each serving provides:
Calories 207
Protein 5 g
Total Carbohydrates 42 g
Total Fat 3 g
Cholesterol 13 mg
Sodium 226 mg
Food Exchanges: 1 fruit, 1-1/2 bread, 1/2 fat
27% calorie reduction from traditional recipe


Almond Cream Cheese Glaze

Ingredients:

1/2 package (8 ounce size) reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1/2 to 1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon Equal® for Recipes
?? or 3 packets Equal® sweetener
Skim milk

Mix cream cheese, extract, Equal®, and enough milk to make medium glaze consistency.

Yield: Makes about 1/2 cup.

Nutritional Information:

Each serving provides: amount per serving
Calories 18
Protein 1 g
Total Carbohydrates 1 g
Total Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 4 mg
Sodium 22 mg
Food Exchanges: free food

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