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Pina Colada Coffeecake

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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This Pina Colada Coffeecake was one of the most fun ideas I have had in a while.  I am so bogged down with cookie ideas and cookie testing, I sometimes get stuck for other ideas.

I took a recipe for Hawaiian Buns from King Arthur, changed it here and there, filled it with pineapple and coconut, then finished it with a Malibu rum and coconut glaze.  I used crushed pineapple in pineapple juice and unsweetened shredded coconut to control the sweetness of the filling.  Additionally, by draining the juice from the pineapple, I used it in the bread recipe. Continue reading

The Marvelous Variable Kolache

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Kolache

Kolache, (pronounced ko-lah-chee) the Czech pastry, can be sweet or savory. This blog features the sweet version.  I have updated some of the fillings for a wider variety.  Although poppyseed and prune fillings are traditional, I omitted them because I thought six was truly enough.    The fillings are given in tablespoons since most of the Kolache require a tablespoon or more and the amount needed can be calculated using the yield information if you want to make more than one flavor.

I suggest you pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea, get a glass of wine or otherwise prepare for this longer than usual blog. But the end result is amazing. The fillings are applicable to other pastries and this dough can be used countless ways. This is actually an easy to make sweet roll that I promise you will make over and over again.

These are amazing pastries with an easy to make dough that handles well. The fillings can be made days ahead and stored in the refrigerator.  The dough must be made a day ahead.  Assembly is easy and in no time you have Kolache.  They can also be made large or small and freeze well. Continue reading

Chocolate Spiced Coffee Cake

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Chocolate Spiced Coffee CakeThe dough for this Chocolate Spiced Coffee Cake is based on a recipe from one of my favorite bakers, Beatrice Ojakangas. Her book, “The Great Scandinavian Baking Book” is a classic that is in the James Beard Foundation Hall of Fame. She has given us so many wonderful Scandinavian baking recipes. I would happily make anything she wrote about because her recipes work.

The recipe for the dough is interesting in that it has no egg and receives its initial rise in the refrigerator straight out of the processor. Continue reading

Cinnamon Raisin Bread

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Finished photoThis is truly a Cinnamon Raisin Bread to be proud of.  Based on my Basic Sweet Yeast Dough, it is tall, tender and terrific.

I was recently in Chicago visiting my family.  I saw a bag of cinnamon raisin bread on their counter and had a piece for breakfast one day.  To my surprise, it was the best cinnamon raisin bread I ever had.  When I asked where it came from, you can imagine my surprise when I was told, “Walmart”!  Unfortunately, when I returned home and went to my Walmart, no such cinnamon raisin bread was to be found that even came close to the one I had.

So my task was clear.  Make a better cinnamon raisin bread – and I took this very seriously.  There is nothing I like more than working with yeast breads.  There is something magical in combining ingredients and watching them grow.  Several years ago I wanted to come up with my quintessential sweet yeast bread.  I used honey for sweetness and instant mashed potatoes to keep it soft for days.  Vanilla is used to enhance the flavor and the basic dough is used in more than a dozen sweet yeast bread and roll recipes, some familiar and some new. Continue reading

Lemon Gooey Butter Cake in a Brioche Crust

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SliceGooey butter cakes are a specialty of St. Louis.  Lemon Gooey Butter Cake in a Brioche Crust takes this homey cake into another realm.  The original gooey butter featured a yeast raised crust.  It was later changed to a yellow cake by some.  I  have skirted the issue by using a rich brioche dough that is so easy to make you won’t believe it.  I came up with this method years ago and it was featured on the cover and in a 10 page article in Bon Appetit magazine where it was used in 12 recipes I developed.  It is also one of the chapters in my first book, The New Pastry Cook.  The name 60 Second Brioche comes from the fact it takes about that long to mix  in a food processor.

Because the dough is very rich in eggs and butter, a starter is used to multiple the number of yeast cells available to the finished dough.  See Yeast as it Relates to Bread.

Gooey butter cakes are very rich. This Lemon Gooey Butter Cake is no exception.  To help cut the sweetness of the filling I have paired it with a lemon curd.  The curd cannot be made in a smaller amount so only half of it is used.

To make this Lemon Gooey Butter cake an even more remarkable dessert or coffeecake, it can be made in its entirety and frozen.  Thaw it in the refrigerator overnight, then briefly heat it in a 350 degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes just to take the chill off.

I have included instructions for making the brioche in a mixer if there is no processor available. Continue reading