This is my go-to dessert when I need to bake something impressive in a few hours. Plus, the shaping part is fun!
1. Make (Most Of) The Dough
2 and 3/4 cup general-purpose flour (385g)Mix this stuff and set aside.
3 tablespoon sugar (40g)
1/2 teaspoon salt (3g)
2 and 1/4 teaspoon yeast (8g)
1 teaspoon maple extract (6g) [imitation is fine]
2. Warm Up Milk and Butter
3/4 cup milk (156g)Use a microwave, or put the butter on the stove at the lowest setting and apply patience or foresight. Mix with the milk and make sure the resulting liquid is warm on your skin but not uncomfortably hot, otherwise your yeast will be sad.
1/4 c unsalted butter, melted (62g)
Add the milk and butter to the mix set aside in step one. Knead until smooth.
Put the ball of dough into a greased container and cover it. Let rise for an hour at room temperature.
4. Make Filling
This can be done any time during or just after the dough rising hour. Mix together:
1/2 cup sugar (105g)
1 teaspoon maple extract (6g)
1 teaspoon cinnamon (2g)
1/3 cup chopped almonds (28g) [or whatever you like]
5. Turn One Into Three
When the hour is up, start melting another 1/4 cup of unsalted butter (62g). You'll need it shortly.
Now, take the dough ball out of its container and split it into three equal parts. Flatten out each part into a circle about 9 inches or 23 cm in diameter.
Put one of the dough circles onto a greased pan, brush it with the freshly melted butter, then sprinkle about a third of the filling on top.
Put the second circle of dough on top, butter, and sprinkle. Same for the third.
If the whole thing has contracted a bit, just flatten it back to full size.
Find a traditional, Mennonite shot glass...or anything around that size (I use the lid of my Thermos). Press your doohickey down in the middle of the dough to act as a guide and to hold the middle down.
Find a traditional, Mennonite ulu...or anything sharp enough to cut dough. Make a cut from the edge to maybe half an inch from the thing you're holding down in the middle.
Then do the same on the opposite side. And between each of these cuts, making four evenly-spaced cuts total.
Then cut between each of the original four cuts, making eight cuts total. Finally, cut between each of the eight cuts—but not quite so far—making sixteen cuts.
Pull each of the sixteen wedges out slightly then twist!
A convenient way to keep the twists from contracting back toward the center is to bend each one around the last, forming a big spiral.
Cover and let rise for another half hour. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 F (190 C).
Bake for about twenty minutes until golden brown. This is thick enough to justify using aluminum foil on top for part of the time.
While the twist is cooling on the pan or presentation plate, mix together:
1/8 cup unsalted butter, melted (31g)Apply icing liberally to produce the final result:
1 cup powdered sugar (83g)
2 tablespoons milk (28g)
1/2 teaspoon maple extract (3g)