Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Super Delicious Cherry Squares

I have owned this cookbook for many years and never tried this recipe.  I have certainly have been missing something. :) WOW!! This coffee cake is so amazingly delicious I really wanted to eat the whole pan.  I made it for my mother who is recovering from shoulder surgery.  I thought she would like a little piece with some tea.  Coffee cake is really a favorite of mine.  This one does contain yeast and requires some rising, but I know that you can handle it.  Enjoy

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Coffee Cake

2 1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 pkg. active dry yeast
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
1 (21-oz) can cherry fruit pie filling


1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
3 to 4 teaspoons milk

In large bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups flour, sugar, salt and yeast; blend well.  In small saucepan, heat 1/2 cup milk, water and butter until very warm (120 to 130F).  Add warm liquid and eggs to flour mixture.  Blend at low speed until moistened; beat 3 minutes at low speed.  By hand, stir in an additional 1 to 1 1/2 cups flour to make a stiff batter.  Cover loosely with plastic wrap and cloth towel.  Let rise in warm place (80 to 85F) until light and doubled in size, about 45 to 60 minutes.

Generously grease 13x9-inch pan.  Stir batter; spoon 2/3 of batter into greased pan.  Top with cherry filling.  Spoon remaining batter by tablespoons over filling.  Cover; let rise in warm place until light, about 20 to 30 minutes.

Heat oven to 350F.  Uncover dough.  Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown.  In small bowl, blend all glaze ingredients adding enough milk for desired consistency.  Drizzle over warm coffee cake.

recipe from Pillsbury The Complete Book of Baking

As I have said before I am a recipe follower and this cookbook is really one of my favorites.  It was a gift from one of my best friends many, many years ago.  I used to borrow her book all of the time and she decided to buy me one for my very own.  ♥ her.


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