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Heart-Shaped Coffee Cake

 Heart-Shaped Coffee Cake
My family likes me to put all of my "heart" into making breakfast, and this special coffee cake is one they request often. The recipe feeds a crowd, but you'll be delighted (and surprised!) by how quickly your family will gobble it up.
18-20 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 5-1/2 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted
  • GLAZE:
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water; add sour cream, sugar,
  • butter, eggs, salt and 2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Add enough
  • remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface;
  • knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a
  • greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a
  • warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch dough down; divide in
  • half. On a lightly floured surface, roll each half into a 20-in. x
  • 10-in. rectangle. Place each on a greased baking sheet. On both long

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Heart-Shaped Coffee Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • sides of each rectangle, make 2-in. cuts at 1/2-in. intervals.
  • Spread pie filling down the center of each rectangle; crisscross
  • strips over filling. Shape and stretch coffee cakes to form right
  • and left halves of heart. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 50
  • minutes. Brush dough gently with egg white. Bake at 375° for
  • 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. While warm, brush with
  • butter. Cool on wire racks. Combine glaze ingredients. When coffee
  • cakes have cooled, place heart halves together; drizzle glaze over
  • heart. Yield: 18-20 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 292 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 45 mg cholesterol, 293 mg sodium, 48 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.