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.
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
The dear friend who shared this recipe has since passed away, but I think of her every time I prepare this sweet bread. Maple syrup provides a saucy caramel flavor. I enjoy developing original recipes or altering others to suit my tastes.
My family loves this traditional Christmas treat so much that I like to surprise them with it throughout the year. It does take some time to prepare, but the effort is worth it when I see my family's smiling faces.