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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Cherry and Cream Cheese Coffee Cake




From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I am always on the prowl for dishes that work well for brunch. It is my favorite way to entertain, and because we have so much repeat company, I make a conscious effort to avoid serving the same things over and over again. That means I'm open to testing new recipes when I come across them, and when a search came up with this coffee cake, I was more than ready to give it a try. The recipe for the cake was an award winner in a contest held by Country Woman magazine, and, while it was a bit more involved than many of their other breakfast pastries, it sounded delicious and immediately moved to my must-try list. The recipe is straight forward and easy to follow, but I have a few tips to share with those of you who decide to give it a try. If at all possible, use a 10-inch springform pan to bake the cake. The bake-time given in the recipe should be viewed as a suggestion rather than a rule. The first time I baked the cake, I used a 9-inch pan and I found the time to be way off. The edges of the cake were overdone before the center of the cake was set. The larger pan helped resolve the issue, but both versions of the cake had a center that fell slightly as it cooled. The cake batter is not easy to work with. It is damp and sticky and will resist attempts to build sides that are one inch high. For best results, keep your hands damp when you do this, or use the back of a cold spoon to push it into place. I also advise making the cake the night before you plan to serve it. It will be impossible to slice if the cheese layer is not well-chilled. These are all annoyances, but the finished cake is delicious and worth the aggravation.  I hope you will give it a try. Here's the recipe.

Cherry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Taste of Home's Country Woman Magazine

Ingredients:
Cake
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon almond extract
Filling
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
1/2 cup slivered almonds

Directions:
1)In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar. Cut in butter until crumbly. Reserve 3/4 cup crumb mixture. Add baking powder, baking soda and salt to remaining crumb mixture. Stir in egg, sour cream and almond extract until blended. Press onto bottom and 1 inch up sides of an ungreased 9-inch springform pan with removable bottom.
2) For filling, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar for 1 minute. Add egg; beat just until combined. Spread over crust. Carefully top with pie filling. Sprinkle with almonds and reserved crumb mixture. Bake at 350 degrees F for 50-60 minutes or until center is set. Cool on a wire rack. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; remove sides of pan. Chill well before serving. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 8-10 servings.










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35 comments:

Ginny said...

This would be god for brunch or even breakfast.

Rambling Tart said...

I'm so glad you included the tips of wetting our hands and chilling the cheese before cutting. VERY handy things to know that will undoubtedly alleviate great frustration. This does sound awfully good. :-)

Hovkonditorn said...

I like this one and all of your coffee cakes! Have a great day!

Kit @ i-lostinausten said...

Gosh! This is so delicious! Would love to have one big slice now! YUM! :)

love2dine said...

that is awesome ... i love it especially during my tea time

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

That sure is one pretty cake and I did just pick up cherry pie filling:@)

Penny said...

Mary, this sounds delicious and the suggestions have been noted. I too am always on the look out for brunch dishes. Thanks.

Kim said...

Ohhhhh Mary, what a delight this cake!!!! I loooovvvee it, it looks so good!

Becki's Whole Life said...

What a lovely coffee cake. Cherries and almonds are such a great flavor combo!

Jenn said...

You could make this coffee cake for me every time I came to your house.. I would not mind at all :)

Alecia said...

Agree this a tasty cake and had similar problems that I now can address the next time I make it.

Lenia said...

I could not resist to such a tempting treat!Blessings,dear!

Kathy said...

I would love a slice of that right now with my tea! So beautiful!

Claudia said...

I am a lover of a cream cheese-fruit combination. I seriously would cut slivers of this until it was gone. Glad it uses cherry pie filling - because it seems as if the Michigan cherries are not happening this year. I already miss them.

Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry said...

Wow! Looks fabulous! I'll take two! ;)

JasmyneTea said...

Cherry and cheese, such a classic combination! Looks beautiful :)

Radhika said...

I'm so loving finding your blog. This would be so perfect and my search ends here for the coffee cake. Love the crumbs and would love to have a slice of it now.

Lizzy said...

Oh, I make a similar coffee cake with raspberries...so, so yummy! I'm loving your idea of a cherry version...beautifully done, Mary!

Valérie said...

Oh how I would love to have brunch at your table... Your repeat company is so very lucky! This cake looks delicious!

David said...

Mary, That is one terrific looking piece of coffee cake! I would imagine that the same recipe would work well with other berries and fruits as well... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

France@beyondthepeel said...

Wow, simple and it looks delicious.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Really nice! I love the flavor of cherries, so this is a great alternative to most of the coffee cake recipes I've seen.

Eileen said...

It looks and sounds scrumptious!

Gloria said...

look amazing!!

Blond Duck said...

This almost looks like pie!

sweetcarolinescooking.com said...

Now that is one perfect coffee cake! I will most definitely be giving this recipe a try. Such gorgeous layers. :)

Pegasuslegend said...

bookmarked for when I come back from vacation have a ton of cherries in cans to try this with lovely ingredients !

Annie said...

I love this cake, the combination cherries and cream cheese is so delicate and flavorful. The perfect duo with a cup of coffee.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Cherry and Cream Cheese!! Oh, yeah!! And, the almonds. ;) Sounds heavenly, Mary! Thank you. blessings ~ Tanna

Joanne said...

I know you're always super honest so if you say this is worth the irritation, then I know it really is!

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

You are such a thoughtful and creative hostess. It must be fun to come to your home.

Kim Bee said...

This looks delicious. I love cherry anything. It makes me happy.

tender b. said...

Just when I think I might be able to get caught up on your desserts, you come out with another one that I must try.

Spice up the Curry said...

cake looks awesome. delicious

My Little Space said...

Hmmm... I want something sweet like this one here tonight. Drooling.
Kristy

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