Marzipan Twist Sweet Bread

This is a unique tasting sweet bread, loaded with almond and a hint of lemon. 

Dough:
1/2 cup warm milk (approx. 110°)
1/4 cup sugar
1 pkg. dry yeast
2 1/3 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
4 Tbl butter, melted
zest of 1/2 lemon
1 egg, beaten

Stir 1 tsp of the sugar in warm milk and sprinkle with yeast. Let stand until frothy. Mix flour, remaining sugar and salt in large bowl. Stir melted butter into yeast mixture with lemon zest. Add liquid to flour mixture and add egg combining to make dough. Knead until smooth. Let rise in warm place 40-50 minutes.

Filling:
2 cups ground almonds
2 egg whites
1/4 cup sugar
3 Tbl water
1 tsp almond extract

Combine almonds, egg whites, sugar, water and extract. Roll out risen dough to 18”x12” rectangle. Spread with filling. Roll up lengthwise. Cut roll into 2 equal lengths and wind both pieces around each other to make a single twist. Place on prepared baking sheet. Cover and let rise in warm place 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake 35 minutes to golden brown. Cover during baking if getting too brown.

Glaze:
1/3 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 Tbl lemon juice
2 Tbl water

Whisk together powdered sugar, lemon juice and water. Spoon glaze over warm twist.

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