“I've served this dish to teens, college students and a women's group," laughs Rachel Jackson in Pennsville, New Jersey. "Everyone has loved it, and many people have asked for the recipe. Easy and delicious, it's sure to please your party guests!”
With its simple glaze and tasty layer of raisins and nuts, this buttery coffee cake tastes just like a popular store-bought variety. I found the recipe in a church cookbook. —Maxine Winternheimer
Try my decadent scones as a breakfast or brunch treat or a snack served with coffee and mint tea. They're so festive for the holidays, decked out in red and white peppermint candy. —Shelly Platten, Amherst, Wisconsin
Since I'm single, I freeze extra loaves in freezer bags when I bake this nicely moist bread. Then the night before I'm about to run out of bread, I take a loaf out and thaw it at room temperature. It was only after I retired that I became interested in cooking and baking. Now, when relatives and I get together at Christmastime, I'm the one who's asked to bring the bread.
-Nilah Schenck, Beloit, Wisconsin
Convenient onion soup mix gives this stunning braided loaf mild onion flavor. It's even more delicious spread with Caramelized Onion butter. As a music professor/conductor, I sometimes share this treat with my musicians to give us all an energy boost!
-Patrice Stribling Donald, Edwardsville, Illinois
This savory cheese loaf is great sliced in thin wedges to go with soup, salads or casseroles. I've served it to large crowds and received many compliments. One year, I gave it to our neighbor for Christmas.
-Evelyn Bear, Kingston, Idaho
Don't be "intimidated" by the recipe directions for this coffee cake—it really isn't difficult to make.
Try it sometime as a nice brunch item. Don't limit it to that, though...it's also a delicious dessert.