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Cakes - Coffeecakes

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Apples, raisins and dried cherries, along with a hot toffee sauce, make this bread pudding cake an easy delight. It is comfort food at its finest hour. Bake it, slice it and serve with the addictive sauce for a surprisingly decadent cake. You can use leftover challah or croissants for this recipe. This test cake went to a local writer's meeting for their Christmas party where it caused a stir sans proper punctuation. I serve it for non occasions too...which make those times into occasions.

I had another STC but somehow, it wasn’t over the top enough. Which is the whole point to STC – it has to be smooth, creamy, decadent, different and over the top. This is a gorgeous, high standing, brown-sugar tinged cheesecake that features chunks of Sticky Toffee Cake and is anointed with sticky toffee sauce. It is grandiose, rich and pretty wonderful. The other point to anything sticky toffee is NOT to tell ANYONE sticky toffee cake has some dates in it. You don’t see them, don’t taste them, and it just ruins an otherwise incredible dessert adventures. You know how people can be about dates. (it is how I am about mint jelly).


 

Gooey topped, delicate muffins that are brown sugar and cream delicious. They are cupcake texture but muffin easy, and topped with a slick of a scrumptious toffee glaze.

This is a lovely quick summer dessert (discounting it does take a sweet yeast dough that has only one rise) that features a pastry soft-crisp base that’s anointed with a cheesecake-like topping and then finished with fresh strawberries. It is really a galette or tart but calling it Strawberry Pizza is sure to get it the notice it deserves. You could glaze this but a dusting of confectioners’ sugar is really all that’s needed. The confectioners’ sugar makes the strawberry juices leach out and gently soak into the pastry. This goes fast; refrigerate between servings. I would expect to find this served on the terrace of a French restaurant. It’s sublime in every respect.

What is a quintessential spring-summer dessert? Bread pudding with scarlet overtones of seasonal fruit!

Elegant and easy, this streusel-topped, moist coffee cake does triple duty as a breakfast sweet, coffee-bread snack, or springtime dessert for a more elaborate meal.

Here is a beautiful, pure-of-heart cheesecake – all white chocolate and vanilla sweetness. As for the topping, well, I suppose this is more compote that coulis but compote has no flair (or business) in a recipe title. Offer this sauce alongside a vanilla and white chocolate cheesecake. It is the perfect marriage of smooth rich cheesecake and tart rhubarb. I would also offer this with rich, cream scones.

Warning: I call this a bundt cake because who doesn't love the sound of a bundt cake. But bake it in an angel food cake pan for best results. This is a great traveling and keeping cake. This fabulous cake is both a spring or summer spectacular treat. It features all the wonderful flavors of fresh strawberry shortcake but in a neat, eat-out-of-hand style (no picnic mess!) and make-ahead convenience.

I love the components of strawberry shortcake: tender cake, whipped cream and berries. What I don't love is having to assemble it pronto and serve it soon after. On top of that, we all know leftover biscuit-based shortcake is not a great keeper (talk about mush!) Happily, this cake combines the best of shortcake flavors but a novel way. This recipe offers a rich golden cake as the foundation for sweetened cream cheese and dollops of strawberry preserves. It all bakes up into a pretty affair that will bring raves. Our testers already reported tasters demanding the recipe after one bite!

This yeasted sweet coffeecake bread,  is as tender as a buttery brioche and reminiscent of a feather-textured Italian panettone, except with a totally new spin. It is a mildly sweet dough that encases chunks of banana, brown sugar, and (optionally), butterscotch or chocolate chips. The dough featured finely ground, toasted walnuts. Definitely not your average banana bread. Just sweet enough and just buttery enough to deliver a lovely bouquet of taste and texture. . If you hankering for a traditional baking powder/baking soda Banana Bread, quick bread style, check our recipe index Search. If you like this concept but are not a banana fan, omit the butterscotch and chocolate chips, and use 2 cups blueberries instead. Everyone who tested this, and shared it with others said:
Not a crumb left. Disappeared in seconds. Fabulous (raves from Connecticut to Florida and Indiana)

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