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Cakes - Coffeecakes

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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)

A gossamer little almond cake, fortified with marzipan (almond paste) and slivered almonds, finished with a pirouette of plum jam makes this a dreamy tea cake for after the ballet.

Yeasted kutchen? I could kiss you. How good is this lovely buttery pastry cake that bakes up like a coffee cake and tastes like a croissant studded with raspberries and fresh cherries that ooze into the sweet batter as it bakes?

A gorgeous loaf with chunks of clementines decorating the top. It’s easily whipped together in a food processor and serves up like a classy pastry store cake but it’s really just a great quick bread. You can also bake it in a 9 inch layer pan. Greek yogurt is fantastic but the Greek honey called for in the glaze is out of this world - it's worth finding some in a specialty store. This is a lovely summery cake or better yet - bake it in chilly months like February to both brighten your palate and your day.

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