Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

My housemate approached me, asking if I would help her bake her boyfriend a special treat. She told me he liked raspberries, so this was one of the first recipes that came to mind. I had bookmarked this particular recipe a while ago, but I never got around to making it, mainly because it does require a little more time and this recipe yields two large coffee cakes, so I figured this would be the perfect excuse to finally make this. The recipe can be halved to make just 1 coffee cake, but my housemate and I had a lot of fun each making our own coffee cake, and the end result was great!

Shaping half of the dough (since this recipe makes 2 cakes) into an 8 x 2 inch log.

Rolling the log into a 1 inch thick, 40 inch long rope.

Twisting the strip of dough into a coil. I probably should have coiled my rope a little bit more, but at this point my housemate and I were very pressed on time, so this was all I could do!

Loosely coiling the rope into a spiral pattern, leaving a 1/4 inch space in between each coil.

Spooning the cheese filling on…

And then the delicious raspberry filling..

I don’t think I took enough pictures.. 😛

The almost-final product!! Just add the glaze on top, and you’re done!!!!

This is easily not the prettiest dessert, but it still tastes superb!

Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Ingredients:

For the dough:
2¼ tsp. instant yeast
2 tbsp. warm water
1/4 cup sugar (1¾ oz.)
2 large eggs
1 tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups plus 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour (10 1/8 oz.)
3/4 tsp. salt
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened but still cool, cut into 1-inch pieces

For the berry filling:
1¼ cups fresh or frozen raspberries or blueberries
1½ tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
Pinch of salt
Pinch of ground cinnamon
1¾ tsp. cornstarch dissolved in 1 tbsp. water

For the cream cheese filling:
4 oz. cream cheese, softened but still cool
2 tbsp. sugar
4 tsp. all-purpose flour
Pinch salt
1 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
½ egg (I just beat it lightly with a fork and add about half)
¼ tsp. vanilla extract

For the streusel topping:
2½ tbsp. brown sugar
1½ tsp. granulated sugar
¼ cup all-purpose flour
¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
2½ tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces

For the egg wash:
1 large egg
1 tsp. heavy cream or whole milk

For the glaze:
6 tbsp. confectioners’ sugar
1½-2 tsp. milk
¼ tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

To make the dough, sprinkle the yeast over the warm water in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; stir to dissolve.  Add the sugar, eggs, milk and vanilla.  Mix at the lowest speed until well combined.  Add about 1½ cups of the flour and the salt, mixing on low speed until the flour is incorporated, about 1 minute.  Increase the speed to medium-low and add the butter pieces one at a time, beating until incorporated, about 20 seconds after each addition.  Replace the paddle with the dough hook and add the remaining ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons flour; knead at medium-low speed until soft and smooth, about 5 minutes longer.  Increase the speed to medium and knead until the dough tightens up slightly, about 2 minutes longer.

The dough will be too soft to pick up with your hands, so scrape it into a straight-sided lightly oiled plastic container using a dough scraper (I just used a spatula).  Cover the container tightly with plastic wrap and let rise at warm room temperature until doubled in size, 3-4 hours.  Press down the dough, replace the plastic and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 4 or up to 24 hours.  Alternatively for a quick chill, spread the dough onto a lightly oiled baking sheet, about 1-inch thick, and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, about 2 hours.

Meanwhile, to make the berry filling, combine the berries, sugar, lemon juice, salt, cinnamon, cornstarch and water in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.  Continue boiling, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thick and shiny, 1½ to 2 minutes.  Scrape the mixture into a small bowl, cover and chill thoroughly before using.

To make the cream cheese filling, beat the cream cheese, sugar, flour and salt in the bowl of a mixer at high speed until smooth, 2-4 minutes.  Add the lemon zest, egg and vanilla extract.  Reduce the speed to medium and continue beating, scraping down the sides of the bowl at least once, until incorporated, about 1 minute.  Scrape the mixture into a small bowl and chill thoroughly before using.

To make the streusel topping, mix the brown and granulated sugars, flour, cinnamon and salt in a small bowl.  Add the butter pieces and toss to coat.  Pinch the butter chunks and dry mixture together between your fingertips until the mixture is crumbly.  Chill thoroughly before using.

When you are ready to shape the coffee cakes, remove the chilled dough from the refrigerator and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface.

Shape the dough into a log about 8 inches long and about 2 inches in diameter.  (For me, there was way too much dough to fit into a 8 x 2-inch log, so I just approximated.)

Roll the log evenly into a 40-inch rope about 1 inch in diameter.

Use your fingers to flatten the log slightly into a 1½-inch wide strip.

Use both hands to twist the strip of dough into a coil.  (I found the length of the rope to make it a bit difficult to coil the whole thing neatly.  The easiest method was to start from the middle, coil one half of the rope, and then coil the other half from the opposite end, keeping the direction of the coils consistent.)

Loosely coil the rope in a spiral pattern, leaving a ¼-inch space between coils.  Tuck the end under and pinch to secure.  Place the coil on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Remember, if you make two cakes, place each on its own baking sheet – trust me!  Cover the shaped cake with plastic wrap and let proof at room temperature until slightly puffed, 1½ to 2 hours.

Brush the cake with egg wash.

Spoon the cheese filling over the center of the top of the cake, leaving a border clear around the edge.

Layer the raspberry filling over the top of the cheese filling.  (Some of the filling may leak over the edges, but it won’t hurt anything.)

Sprinkle the streusel topping over the top of the cake.  Slide the baking sheet onto a second baking sheet to prevent the bottom crust from over-browning.  Bake in an oven heated to 350° F until deep golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the cake reads 190° F, about 25-30 minutes.  Transfer to a wire rack and cool for at least 20 minutes.

To prepare the glaze, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, milk and vanilla extract in a bowl.  Drizzle over the top of the finished cake and let set before serving.

Source: Annie’s Eats <–If you are nervous about trying this recipe out, I highly recommend checking out Annie’s original post, as she has several excellent step-by-step photos that will simplify the whole process 🙂

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2 Comments

  1. You amazing, amazing girl! Everytime I stop by here I can’t believe how young you are and making these delectable and difficult things! This one looks totally scrumptious as usual. Keep it up!

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