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Best Yeast Bread. This irresistible sweet yeast bread is a staff favorite. Dough is shaped into balls--"bubbles"--and layered into a tube pan. Cut the bread into slices, or simply let diners pull apart the bubbles. --Recipe by Elizabeth Taliaferro (November 1994)

Elizabeth Taliaferro
Recipe by Cooking Light September 2007

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Yield:
18 servings (serving size: 1 slice)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Dissolve sugar and yeast in 1 cup warm water, and let stand for 5 minutes.

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  • Combine banana, 1/2 cup juice concentrate, honey, and butter in a blender; process until smooth, and set aside.

  • Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine 2 cups flour and salt in large bowl, stirring well. Add yeast mixture and banana mixture to flour mixture, stirring until well blended. Add 2 3/4 cups flour, stirring to form a soft dough.

  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic (about 8 minutes). Add enough of the remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands.

  • Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in size. Punch dough down. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface; let rest 5 minutes. Form the dough into 1 1/2-inch balls (about 30 balls) on a lightly floured surface. Layer balls in a 10-inch tube pan coated with cooking spray; set aside.

  • Combine cream of coconut and 2 tablespoons juice concentrate in bowl; stir well. Pour 3 tablespoons juice mixture over dough; set remaining juice mixture aside. Cover dough, and let rise 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in size.

  • Preheat oven to 350°.

  • Uncover dough, and bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Cool in pan for 20 minutes. Remove from pan; place on a wire rack. Stir powdered sugar into remaining juice mixture. Drizzle powdered sugar mixture over top of warm bread.

Nutrition Facts

210 calories; calories from fat 9%; fat 2.2g; saturated fat 1.1g; mono fat 0.4g; poly fat 0.3g; protein 4.9g; carbohydrates 43g; fiber 1.3g; cholesterol 3mg; iron 1.8mg; sodium 143mg; calcium 8mg.
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