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Almond-Cheese Coffee Cake

 Almond-Cheese Coffee Cake
Holiday guests will love the texture of this coffee cake featuring a Mascarpone cheese layer. With a sweet glaze and crunchy almonds on top, it’s hard to eat only one piece..—Kristi Overton, Meridian, Idaho
12 ServingsPrep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1/2 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • FILLING:
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) Mascarpone cheese
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Almond Extract
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Directions

  • In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. In a large bowl,
  • combine 2 cups flour, sugar and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly.

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Almond-Cheese Coffee Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Stir in the yeast mixture, milk and egg yolks. Add enough remaining
  • flour until mixture forms a soft dough. Cover and refrigerate
  • overnight.
  • In a small bowl, combine the filling ingredients; set aside. Punch
  • dough down. On a floured surface, roll into a 13-in. x 10-in.
  • rectangle. Transfer to an ungreased baking sheet. Spread filling
  • over dough to within 1 in. of edges.
  • Starting with a long side, roll just to the center of the rectangle;
  • repeat with remaining side, meeting in the middle.
  • With scissors, cut from outside edges to two-thirds of the way toward
  • center at 1-1/2 in. intervals. Separate strips slightly; twist to
  • allow filling to show. Cover and let rise in a warm place until
  • doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from
  • pan to a wire rack to cool. For glaze, combine the confectioners'
  • sugar, milk and vanilla; drizzle over coffee cake. Sprinkle with
  • almonds. Yield: 1 loaf (12 slices).
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 323 calories, 18 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 91 mg cholesterol, 157 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.