Apple Cinnamon Twists

Here's a delightful recipe to try when you're craving apples and cinnamon. Enjoy!

3 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup instant potato flakes
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoons vanilla
1 egg
1 cup milk

1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup peeled and grated apples
1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2-3 tablespoons milk

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, potato flakes, sugar, yeast, and salt, mixing well. Add the butter, vanilla, egg, and milk, and stir until dough holds it's form. Knead for 7-8 minutes until smooth. Place the dough in a greased bowl, turning to coat. Cover and let rise until double, 1 1/2 - 2 hours.

While the dough is rising, combine the filling ingredients. In small bowl, stir together sugar, flour, and cinnamon. In medium bowl, pour lemon juice over apples and mix. Sprinkle sugar mixture over apples and mix well. Set aside.

Turn out dough onto lightly floured surface and gently punch down two-three times. Divide dough in half. Roll each into 10"x12" rectangle. Spread half of filling over the dough, leaving a 1/2" margin along the edges. Starting with the long side, roll the dough into a log, sealing the edge. Cut the log in half lengthwise. Place the half-logs, filled side up, side-by-side on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Twist the two logs together, keeping the filling side up, working from the center to the end. Pinch the ends together. Repeat with the second piece of dough. Cover the dough and allow to rise for one hour.

Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes until lightly browned. May need to cover with aluminum foil the last ten minutes to keep edges from getting too dark. Remove from oven and allow to cool before glazing.

To Glaze: In small bowl, mix together powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk until creamy. Drizzle over loaves. Makes 2 loaves.
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