Monday, March 28, 2011

Yeasted Meringue Coffee Cake

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So, this month I completed my first Daring Bakers Challenge! Yay me! :)

The March 2011 Daring Bakers 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.

Jamie found this recipe on  a piece of yellowed paper in her dad's collection of clipped out and hand written recipes from the 1970's, no source, no date, and she tried the recipe and it was brilliant!

I didn't have much luck with it. Don't get me wrong; the recipe was great! It was all my fault. My loaves (I couldn't even make wreaths!) looked a mess! But in the end, they tasted awesome and the plate was polished off in no time.

The only thing was, I felt it was hardly like a coffee cake. Or maybe coffee cakes mean a different thing to me. This was very challah like. More bread than cake. But yummy nonetheless! The meringue really does an awesome job of keeping the whole thing super moist!

I did two variations - the savory one was chopped tomato, sliced sausage & a mixture of cheddar & mozzarella. Needless to say, it tasted very much like a bready pizza roll.

The sweet one was a bigger hit - chopped apple, minced walnut, brown sugar and cinnamon powder. It was like a moist, yummy cinnamon roll with apples and walnuts. Very nice indeed!

I followed the recipe exactly and you can find the detailed recipe on The Daring Kitchen website.

My only comment on the recipe would be - even though you beat all the required egg whites for the meringue, use your judgement and spread only as much as you think your roll can handle!

Obviously, my mistake was that I used too much meringue and too much filling. I used all the meringue I had whisked according to the recipe. After I spread the meringue and sprinkled my prepared filling, I tried rolling it. And oh my word! It was like a living creature - oozing all over the tray and making the dough wet and mushy and completely unmanageable!

But other than that, this recipe is one that can go into your files and is definitely worth a try. I am really looking forward to my next Daring Bakers Challenge!

Happy Baking all!
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Roxan said...

Awesome job with the challenge! I love making yeasted breads too, although I don't do it too often. These days it's just so hard to find the time... Which is funny because it never seems hard to find time to eat! ;]

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