Monday, October 10, 2011
Cranberry Almond Coffee Cake
From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This is a lovely cake to serve for brunch or a holiday breakfast. It's really easy to prepare, but the ingredients needed to make it may require advance planning. Almond paste and fresh, or frozen, cranberries are among the items you'll need to have on hand. If almond paste is not available in your stores, you can find a recipe for a home made version here. Hopefully, you have a stash of cranberries in your freezer. I make it a point to freeze several bags each season so we can enjoy cranberry desserts throughout the year. In a pinch, frozen raspberries can be used as a substitute. The cake has a very stiff batter and any berry you use has to be able to stand up to the folding process. Freezing helps if you are not using cranberries. The almond paste gives this cake wonderful flavor and it is the perfect foil for the tart cranberries. This is not a sweet cake, but those of you who like European-style cakes and pastries will really enjoy it. I hope you will try it. Here's the recipe.
Cranberry Almond Coffee Cake...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Anne Keenan
1/2 cup almond paste
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
1) Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 8-inch square pan.
2) Cream almond paste, butter and 1/2 cup sugar until fluffy in a medium bowl. Add two eggs, beating well after each addition.
3) Combine 1 cup flour and baking powder. Add to creamed mixture. Beat in remaining egg and flour. Stir in extracts. Gently fold in cranberries.
4) Spread batter evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near center of cake comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 9 servings.
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