Make the streusel: Combine streusel ingredients in small bowl; set aside.
Make the dough: In a small saucepan, heat the milk and butter on low until very warm (but not too hot or boiling!).
In the bowl of a stand mixer using a dough hook, place the warm milk/butter mixture. Add 1 cup of flour, granulated sugar, salt, yeast, egg, and the maple extract. Beat on low for a couple of minutes, then add the rest of the flour, in 1/2 cup increments, until dough is completely mixed together. Knead this in mixer for 5 minutes. Remove mixer bowl; cover with plastic wrap, and let dough rise in a warm place for 45 minutes (until it doubles in size).
Once dough rises, remove it to a lightly floured surface. Divide dough into 3 equal-sized pieces. Roll into a ball. Roll each dough ball into a 12 inch wide circle. Put each dough circle onto prepared baking pan (sprayed with non-stick spray or covered with parchment paper that has been lightly sprayed). Evenly distribute streusel topping over each circle, spreading it as thin as you can to the edges.
Use a 2" sized cup (or other instrument); press gently down; make a circle indentation in center of each circle. Do not cut all the way through.
Use a pizza cutter or sharp knife; cut each circle into 16 equal sized wedges. Cut from outside of circle to the indentation mark.
Carefully lift each "wedge" or section. Twist it 5 times, then press end down, so dough stays twisted. Twirl each section the same direction, using same process. Once done, cover each pastry circle with plastic wrap; let dough rise again for an hour.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Uncover pastry rings, and bake in a 375 degree oven for 18-22 minutes. (oven times vary, so check it at 18 minutes. Mine took 20 minutes). The pastry should be golden brown. Remove to wire racks. Let cool for 5 minutes before glazing.
While pastry is cooling down, whisk together glaze ingredients. Place aluminum foil under wire rack (to catch drips); after twists have cooled for 5 minutes, drizzle the glaze over the top of each pastry. I also used a pastry brush to brush the glaze across the top. Serve, and enjoy!
Most of the prep time is "inactive" time, waiting for dough to rise.
Amount Per Serving (2 strips)
Calories 155Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Vitamin A 170IU3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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