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Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

 Cream Cheese Coffee Cake
These impressive loaves really sparkle on the buffet. You can't just eat one slice of this treat with its rich filling peeking out of sweet yeast bread. Once you drizzled on the glaze and savor that first piece, you'll know the extra work is worth it. -Mary Anne McWhirter, Pearland, Texas
20-24 ServingsPrep: 35 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • FILLING:
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • GLAZE:
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Toasted sliced almonds, optional

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, combine the sour cream, sugar, butter and salt.
  • Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, for 5-10 minutes or
  • until well blended. Cool to room temperature.
  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add sour cream mixture

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Cream Cheese Coffee Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • and eggs. Beat until smooth. Gradually stir in flour to form a soft
  • dough (dough will be very soft). Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Punch dough down. Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead 5-6 times.
  • Divide into fourths. Roll each piece into a 12-in. x 8-in.
  • rectangle. In a large bowl, combine the filling ingredients until
  • well blended. Spread over each rectangle to within 1 in. of edges.
  • Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seams and
  • ends to seal. Place seam side down on greased baking sheets. Cut six
  • X's on top of loaves. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about
  • 1 hour.
  • Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from
  • pans to wire racks to cool. In a small bowl, combine the
  • confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla; drizzle over warm loaves.
  • Sprinkle with almonds if desired. Store in the refrigerator. Yield:
  • 20-24 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 264 calories, 10 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 54 mg cholesterol, 192 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.