YEASTED MERINGUE COFFEE CAKE - Daring Bakers, March 2011

The March 2011 Daring Baker’s Challenge was hosted by Ria of Ria’s Collection and Jamie of Life’s a Feast. Ria and Jamie challenged The Daring Bakers to bake a yeasted Meringue Coffee Cake.

For the yeast coffee cake dough:
2 cups (300 g) flour
2 Tbsp sugar
½ scant tsp salt
2 tsp fresh yeast
¼ + 1/8 cup milk
2 Tbsp water
70 g unsalted butter

For the meringue:
1 egg white (room temperature)
1/8 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon vanilla
¼ scant cup sugar

For the egg wash:
Beat the egg yolk with 1Tbsp each of water and milk, whisked together.

For the filling:
½ cup chopped cashew nuts, roasted lightly
1 Tbsp granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 Tbsp candied cherries

Prepare the dough:
In a large mixing bowl, combine ¾ cup of the flour, sugar, salt. Make a well in the centre and place the yeast.
In a saucepan, combine the milk, water and butter and heat over medium heat until warm and the butter is just melted. Pour half on top of the fresh yeast.
With an electric mixer on low speed, gradually add the remaining warm liquid to the flour/yeast mixture, beating until well blended. Increase mixer speed to medium and beat 2 minutes. Add the egg and ½ cup flour and beat for 2 more minutes. Using the kneader blade, stir in enough of the remaining flour to make dough that holds together. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead the dough until the dough is soft. It hardly takes 3 minutes as you have used the kneading blade.
Place the dough in a lightly greased polythene bag. Clip the mouth closed and keep in a warm place to rise until double in bulk, 45 – 60 minutes. The rising time will depend on the type of yeast you use.
Prepare your filling –In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and sugar for the filling. Keep the roasted nuts and chocolate ready.
Once the dough has doubled, make the meringue: In a very clean and absolutely dry metal mixing bowl, beat the egg whites with the salt - first on low speed for 30 seconds, then increase to high and continue beating until foamy and opaque. Add the vanilla then start adding the ¼ cup sugar, a tablespoon at a time as you beat, until very stiff, glossy peaks form.

Assembling the Coffee Cake:
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Punch down the dough. On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough into a 20 x 10-inch rectangle. (It is real thin; and have to be very careful.) Spread the meringue evenly over the rectangle up to about 1/2-inch from the edges. Sprinkle the filling evenly over the meringue - cinnamon - sugar, nuts and then the chocolate.

Now, roll up the dough jellyroll style, from the long side. Pinch the seam closed to seal. Very carefully transfer the filled log to the lined cookie sheets, seam side down. Bring the ends of the log around and seal the ends together, forming a ring, tucking one end into the other and pinching to seal. (It does tend to tear).

Using kitchen scissors or a sharp knife (although scissors are easier), make cuts along the outside edge at 1-inch (2 ½ cm) intervals. Make them as shallow or as deep as desired but don’t be afraid to cut deep into the ring.
Cover the coffee cake with plastic wrap and allow to rise again for 45 to 60 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Brush the top of the coffee cake with egg wash. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes until risen and golden brown. The dough should sound hollow when tapped.
Remove from the oven and slide the parchment paper off the cookie sheets onto the table. Very gently loosen the coffee cakes from the paper with a large spatula and carefully slide the cakes off onto cooling racks. Allow to cool.

Thank you Jamie and Ria for a wonderful and delicious challenge; and a big thanks to Lisa and Ivonne. Click here  to see gorgeous and Daring Creations.


Junglefrog said…
Your roll looks gorgeous! Well done on the challenge!
Ramya said…
Nice filling:-) Cashews and cherry..yummy..the coffee cake looks delicious.
I just finished making mine today:-)
Wow luks perfect and yummy cake...
Deeba PAB said…
Beautifully done on the challenge Minu...looks absolutely delicious! WOW!!
Priya said…
Marvellous meringue coffee cake..
Anonymous said…
great job!
Valarmathy Siva said…
Looks yummy!!

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