Here’s a luscious make-and-take recipe for those holiday brunches you’re invited to. It couldn’t be simpler or quicker to prepare, and you can vary the preserves to any flavor you have on hand. —Holly Bauer, West Bend, Wisconsin
My father grows a large squash patch, so each fall, I get an ample amount of his harvest. I make this treat to share with my co-workers. They rave about the moist cake, the crunchy streusel and the applesauce between the layers. —Mary Jones, Cumberland, Maine
As a minister's wife, I do a lot of baking and cooking for church. Often, I'll find myself copying down recipes to share. This one's generally in demand. Our home's as close to the border as you can get - the river that divides our state and Kentucky joins the backyard. We have two children, 21 and 12.
-Debra White, Williamson, West Virginia
This from-scratch coffee cake is quick to put together, and it easily serves a crowd. While it's delicious with peach or apricot pie filling, I like to make it with cherry or strawberry filling during the holidays.
"Mom serves this nutty coffee cake for Christmas breakfast each year," shares Becky Wax of Tuscola, Illinois. "The simple recipe is a big time-saver on such an event-filled morning. Everyone loves the crunchy topping."
This tried-and-true recipe is from my grandmother's collection, and it remains my favorite today. This cake tastes wonderful—the apple filling keeps it moist, and the crispy crunch of its nut mixture makes it seem forever fresh. Apple Cream Coffee Cake is always on my menu for brunch, and good for snacking at any time of day!
My Aunt Lillian made her fabulous crumb cake every weekend when we came to visit. She created this recipe back in the '40s. Knowing my father loved it, she shared the recipe with my mother, who passed it on to me. I serve it as a coffee cake for Sunday brunch or for dessert. —Rose Gearheard, Phoenix, Oregon
Lynda Atteberry Hoskins from Mathis, Texas offers this cinnamony loaf that tastes just like a coffee cake. "When I worked as an elementary school secretary, I used to take a slice of this cake with me in the mornings for a snack," she remembers.
Since this recipe calls for raspberry jam and not fresh raspberries, you can make this coffee cake anytime of year and bring a touch of spring to your table. It's perfect for a brunch or makes a light dessert.
This recipe came form my mom, who is an excellent cook. It always gets rave reviews. Although fairly simple to make, when you finish you'll feel a sense of accomplishment because it tastes delicious and looks so impressive.