Meet the Cook: When our children come home for the holidays, I make sure to bake this coffee cake. I always use fresh berries in season, then put a few bags in the freezer for later on. That way, we can enjoy this moist cake anytime we want!
-Mildred Schwartzentruber, Tavistock, Ontario
Is it possible for four kids to cook together without total chaos in the kitchen? Yes, with the right recipe. This is a favorite with my bunch. They get to "play" with the dough as they roll pieces of refrigerated biscuits into balls.—Lisa Combs, Greenville, Ohio
Mildred Sherrer of Bay City, Texas enhances the mild berry flavor of this moist coffee cake with a crunchy cinnamon filling. Bake in a fluted pan, it's pretty enough to serve for an afternoon party or Sunday brunch.
Meet the Cook: When I was a girl, my mother served this only once a year - for Christmas-morning brunch. But it could easily be served as dessert besides or as a snack packed in a lunch. It travels very well.
Sometimes when I bake this just for my husband and me, I'll prepare two bread pans' worth and freeze one.
-Laura Hertel, Columbia, Missouri
I first sampled this coffee cake at an inn that serves a marvelous breakfast for its guests. It has a pretty cinnamon swirl and a hint of cardamom flavor. I like to make it for my Thursday morning quilt group.
-Stell Pierce, Franklin, Virginia
An ideal treat any time of the day, this moist yellow cake offers a delightful surprise of cinnamon, nuts and brown sugar in every slice. Nanetta Larson relies on a boxed mix to help her bake it in her Canton, South Dakota kitchen.
This is an adaptation of a friendship bread. The original recipe called for raisins, but I started using cranberries to suit my family's taste. If you have Sourdough Starter on hand, you can quickly prepare the coffee cake.
Warm, buttery coffee cake: you just can't beat a good one. And Janice Kuhlmann's recipe for Sour Cream Coffee Cake is just that. With a lovely, tender interior and a slightly crunchy crust, it has a wonderful texture not unlike poundcake. But it's the lemon and almond flavors plus the full cup of walnuts that really take this Stafford Springs, Connecticut reader's cake over the top on taste.