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|Recipe courtesy North Dakota Wheat Commission|
|1 loaf frozen white (or sweet) bread dough, thawed
1½ tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup nuts, optional
1 cup powdered sugar
4 to 5 teaspoons milk
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon almond extract or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
|Thaw bread according to package directions letting dough rise until almost doubled. Roll out on lightly floured surface to a 12x18-inch rectangle. Spread with butter; sprinkle on cinnamon and sugar. Make tree as follows:
1. Fold dough into triangle, overlapping edges. Leave one inch uncovered along bottom.
2. Cut off bottom inch of dough to use for tree trunk. Place on greased cooked sheet. Cut strip in half so it measures 6" x 1"; roll piece and tuck under bottom of tree as trunk.
3. With a ruler, mark branches every 3/4" and cut with scissors. Twist each branch several times and curve upward.
Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 40 minutes or until doubled. Bake at 350 degrees F 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Mix powdered sugar, milk, butter and extract. Thin to drizzling consistency with additional milk.
For a festive touch, add green food coloring to frosting and decorate with cherries.