This is the old fashoned traditional recipe not filled with anything.
1/2 cup warm water
5 teaspoons yeast
1/2 cup sugar plus 1 teaspoon
3 1/2 - 4 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 cup warm milk
5 egg yolks
1 stick butter cut into slices and softened, plus 2 tablespoons more softened butter
1 egg slightly beaten with 1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1" plastic baby doll
Assorted icing or colored sugars in the shades of gold, green and purple
Pour warm water into a small bowl and sprinkle with yeast and 2 teaspoons of sugar. Allow the yeast and sugar to rest for 3 minutes before mixing thoroughly. Set bowl in a warm place for ten minutes, or until yeast bubbles up and mixture doubles in volume. Combine 3 1/2 cups of flour, remaining sugar, nutmeg and salt, and sift into a large mixing bowl. Stir in lemon zet. Separate center of mixture to form a hole and pour in yeast mixture and milk. Add egg yolks and, using a wooden spoon, slowly combine ingredients until the mixture is smooth. Then beat in 8 tablespoons of butter 1 tablespoon at a time and conbine to beat 2 minutes, or until dough can be formed into a meduim soft ball.
Place ball of dough on a lightly floured surface and knead like bread. While kneading, sprinkle up to 1 cup more flour over the dough. When dough is no longer sticky, knead 10 minutes more until shiny and elastic.
Using a pastry brush coat the inside of a large bowl evenly with one tablespoon of softened butter. Place dough ball in the bowl and rotate until the entire surface is buttered. Cover bowl with kitchen towl and place in a draft free spot for about 1 1/2 hours, or until the dough doubles in volume.
Using a pastry brush, coat a large baking sheet with one tablespoon of butter and set aside.
Remove dough from bowl and place on lightly floured surface. Using your fist punch dough down forcefully. Sprinkle cinnamon over the top, pat and shake dough into long cylinder. Twist dough to form a circular ring and loop onto the baking sheet. Pinch ends together.
Cover dough with clean kitchen towel and set in draft free spot for 45 minutes or until the circle of dough doubles in volume.
Pre heat over to 375 degrees. Brush top and sides of cake with egg wash and bake on the middle rack of over for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool cake before inserting plastic baby by poking it into the cake in hidden spot. Frost or decorate with icing.