Golden Dumpling Coffee Cake

From Food TV's Calling All Cooks show, which features family recipes from amateurs.  As such, the recipe is rather vague.  I tried it once, it's a little trouble but the results were terrific.  Not for the faint of heart, it uses a LOT of butter.

2 packages yeast
1 cup warm whole milk
1 teaspoon sugar plus 1 cup sugar
1 pound sweet butter, plus more melted
4 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
5 1/2 to 6 cups flour
Cinnamon sugar
Ground nuts

Dissolve the yeast in the milk and 1 teaspoon sugar, mixing well. While the yeast is proofing (about 10 or 15 minutes) cream together the butter and 1 cup of sugar. Then add 4 eggs, one at a time, and beat well. Add yeast mixture and mix well on low speed until incorporated. Then add salt and 5 1/2 to 6 cups of flour and mix well. If the day were damp you probably would need 6 cups of flour. Refrigerate at least 4 hours (I believe on TV they said overnight). Roll out the dough. Take a shot glass and punch out circles and make little balls with the dough. Dip the balls in melted butter and roll in cinnamon sugar and ground nuts. Put around greased small tube pan. Layer the balls alternately each row, one on top of the other. Let rise until double, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 15 minutes then lower oven to 350 and bake for another 1 hour 20 minutes or until golden brown. Turn out immediately onto large plate and hold for few seconds so that all of the dough will come out.