Whenever the word “brunch” is mentioned, and especially Easter brunch, this coffee cake drifts through the wide open space of my mind.
Yeah, right! I WISH my mind was a wide open space. To tell the truth, it is crowded with ideas on what I’m going to create next in the OtherWorldly Kitchen. Spring is here. Finally! Rhubarb is shoving every other ingredient aside and screaming, “Me, Me.” Sweet Peas are leaping, twirling, and shouting, “But what about that amazing Chilled Sweet Pea Soup you said you would work up as soon as I hit the fresh market? You promised!” You don’t even want to know what nonsense Basil is whispering. Something about ice cream.
Nevertheless, as I was saying, this coffeecake drifts through my very crowded mind whenever brunch is mentioned. That’s because it’s so delicious and so easy. It may also have something to do with the fact that people go gaga over it and beg me for the recipe.
I give it to them, of course, but always reluctantly, because after they see for themselves how easy it is to make, they may begin to question ALL of my seeming feats of culinary magic.
Plus they might give the recipe to 50 of their closest friends, which would mean that everyone (maybe even one of my family members) would bring this same coffeecake to Easter brunch. And then where would I be?
But I’m sure that YOU will keep this recipe strictly to yourself, right?
Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake
2 cups King Arthur unbleached, all-purpose flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
½ cup unsalted butter
3 ounces best quality cream cheese
½ cup milk
½ cup artisan raspberry preserves (or your favorite preserves)
½ cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk
¼ teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons toasted sliced almonds
- In a large mixing bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk vigorously to distribute the baking soda and salt.
- With a pastry cutter or the tips of your fingers, cut the cream cheese and butter into the flour mixture.
- Quickly and gently blend in the milk.
Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead VERY LIGHTLY for 4-5 strokes.
NOTE This is the step at which you can ruin the coffeecake. If you overwork the dough, the pastry will be tough. Just gather the dough together and don’t worry about making it smooth. It will still look a little rough. That’s perfect.
- On waxed paper, roll the dough to an 8- by 12-inch rectangle.
- Turn dough out onto a lightly greased baking sheet and remove the waxed paper.
- Measure and mark the dough lengthwise into thirds.
- Spread preserves down the middle third of the dough, keeping it about ½ inch from the mark on both sides.
- Make 2¾-inch slight diagonal cuts at 1-inch intervals on each the long sides. Do not cut into the center jam-filled area.
- Fold strips, first one from one side and then one from the other side in a rotating fashion, over the filling. The coffeecake will now resemble a braid.
- Bake in a 425° oven for 12-15 minutes, until the dough is cooked through and the top is lightly browned.
- In a small glass measuring cup with a pouring spout, combine the sugar, milk, and vanilla. Drizzle over the top of the coffeecake.
- If desired, sprinkle on the toasted sliced almonds while the icing is still wet.
Makes one 8- by 12-inch coffee cake.
I searched the web for the best-of-the-best ideas to make Easter a festive and memorable day, and here are some my favorites. You are definitely going to want to check these out for your own Easter festivities.
Gorgeous, dreamy pastels to color your Easter eggs. These are much prettier than those made with store-bought dyes.
These are the most amazing Easter eggs I’ve ever seen. Old silk ties are used to transfer the pattern on the silk to the surface of the egg. Remarkable and stunning!
I’ve seen a couple versions of this pink frosted, bunny-face cupcake on the web, but these are surely the cutest. If I had a little one running around the house, I would be so excited to make these for her.
This is one of my favorite food blogs and these rose and hydrangea cupcakes are too pretty to eat. I can’t wait to try these gorgeous frosting techniques.
A simple two color frosting swirl is perfect when subtle cupcake elegance is needed. Perfection.
I’ve seen several versions of this cupcake, topped with a little nest complete with three baby chicks (beaks open), on the web, but these are the absolute cutest.
I definitely need some guidance in the area of frosting technique and this post gives just that. With the help of this photo tutorial, maybe even I can top cupcakes with these darling flowers.
This tutorial shows how to use a springerle mold to impress a design into fondant, which is then cut and used to “frost” a cupcake. Elegant.
You might want to impress friends and family this Easter with this amazing cake technique. If lively conversation is your goal, this cake is just what you must serve. Stand back and wait for the applause.
Oh, I’m in love here! Seriously, these iced cookies are over-the-top romantic and charming in an old English garden sort of way. I need to dig out my wedding china (Minton Haddon Hall) to serve tea with these.
Now that I’ve seen purple ice cream, I can’t wait to make it. I’m sure it tastes as good as it looks. I’m a sucker for anything with lavender in it and it’s soooo Easter.
Lavender-infused virgin mojitos for Easter? Absolutely!
First, you steep culinary lavender in simple syrup, and then you add fresh lime juice and water. Excuse me, I have to dash into the kitchen and make this right now.
I have always loved the country charm and fragrance of lavender. I have lavender lotions, body butters, and bath salts galore, and now culinary lavender is in my kitchen spice drawer as well. Put a tablespoon of the dried flowers in a rich and buttery shortbread cookie and what can I say? Maybe just, “Is the tea ready?”
This is a Tuesday with Dorie (TWD) selection and this rendition looks charming and romantic. Great photo tutorial as well. Of course you will need Baking from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan to get the actual recipe. Every serious baker should have this book, however.
This post shows you how to make your own poured fondant.
I love the idea of pouring the fondant rather than rolling it. I also like the effect.
These little flowers are so pretty and would be great on top of cupcakes.
A stunning cupcake frosting technique, perfect for spring.
These cupcakes are actually too pretty to eat, but I love looking at them just the same.
Here, a white chocolate ganache is dotted with color and then left to set. The resulting disks are placed on top of cupcakes, to great effect.