I very rarely make special trips to the store for one or two forgotten groceries. I prefer to "wing it" in the kitchen. It was during one of those cooking experiments that I created this variation of honey nut bread.
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.
If you enjoy gingerbread and pumpkin goodies, you'll like this spiced dessert I always fix around the holiday. My family and friends look forward to moist slices every year. —Suzanne Loveland of Edinburg, 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 moist spice cake from Sandra Castillo of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin is low in fat but full of flavor! "Apple pie filling is my secret ingredient," she writes. "For a fun variation, try it with a chocolate cake mix and cherry pie filling...or yellow cake mix and peach filling."
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.
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
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
For years my grandmother and I would have a contest to see whose mincemeat coffee cake was the best (our families voted). After years of losses, I modified my original recipe and finally won. I share my winning recipe with you.
-Ed Layton, Absecon, New Jersey