German Chocolate Ring
This take on the popular German chocolate cake uses traditional items like chocolate, coconut flakes, and pecans to create a delciious dessert bread that you can easily craft at home.
- 1 Cup semisweet chocolate chips, divided
- 1 1/4 Cup flaked coconut, divided
- 3/4 Cups chopped pecans
- 3 eggs
- 4 Cups all purpose flour
- 1 envelope yeast, preferably Fleischmann's Rapid Rise Yeast
- 1/2 Cup sugar
- 1 Teaspoon salt
- 1 Cup milk
- 5 Tablespoons butter, divided
Mix 3/4 cup of the chocolate chips and 1 cup of the coconut with the pecans and 1 egg in a medium bowl and set the mixture aside. Next, combine 2 cups of the flour, undissolved yeast, sugar, and salt in a large mixer bowl. Heat the milk and 4 tablespoons of the butter until very warm, or about 120 degrees Fahrenheit, and add this to the flour mixture. Beat until smooth, then add the 2 remaining eggs and beat for 2 minutes.
Stir in enough of the remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn the contents of the bowl onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, or about 6 to 8 minutes. Cover the dough and let it rest for 10 minutes.
Next, roll the dough into an 18-by-10-inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and brush it over the dough. Spread the dough with the reserved chocolate-coconut mixture. Then, roll up the dough jellyroll style, staring from the long side and pinching the seams to seal. Place the dough seam side down on a greased baking sheet and form a ring by pinching the ends together. Using sharp scissors, cut from the outside edge to 2/3 of the way toward the center ring at 1-inch intervals. Separate the strips slightly to allow the filling to show. Cover the cake and let it rise until doubled in bulk, or about 50 to 60 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake the ring cake in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle the cake with the remaining 1/4 cup of chocolate chips and let it stand for 5 minutes. Spread the melted chips and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup of coconut. Carefully remove the ring cake from the pan to a wire rack and let it cool before serving.