Yield: Yields 8 individual coffee cakes
This treat is great out of the oven, stores well, and freezes like a dream.
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Fine Cooking recipes are normally excellent. This is perhaps the only FC recipe I've tried that I thought was truly awful. I'm an experienced baker and found the dough to be like quicksand, very sticky and difficult to handle. I wouldn't recommend this recipe to anyone. If the concept appeals to you, find a similar dough that is easier to handle and try creating your own chocolate-cherry filling.
I have been playing with and modifying this recipe for a couple of months now. It's a great base recipe to then change and improve. First the filling - the original it too thick and sugary granular to even warm up and cook in time I ended up changing it completely to a pecan, cinnamon, brown sugar and fresh blueberry filling which my boyfriend loved! Then I used a hungarian inspired walnut filling which was excellent. Next I'm going to use another hungarian inspired sweet cheese filling. Second the pastry. It's very good and easy to do while you have other things to do as well. However, it also works with half wholewheat half white flour. In fact it holds better, adds to the flavour as well as fibre content but it actually stays fresher longer.
I made these for Christmas. Soooo delicious. You will be encouraged by everyone who eats these to quit your day job and open a bakery.
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