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Contest-Winning Raspberry Coffee Cake

My husband and I and our three children are missionaries in northern Spain. Special treats like this flavorful swirled bread are truly a taste of home for us. With a creamy,fruity filling and sweet glaze, it's hard to eat just one slice. -Mary Bergman, Navarra, Spain
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    2 loaves (10 slices each)

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2-1/4 to 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • FILLING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup raspberry jam
  • GLAZE:
  • 1-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Combine 1-1/2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In a small saucepan, heat sour cream and butter to 120°-130°; add to dry ingredients. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add egg and 1/2 cup flour; beat 2 minutes longer. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead 20 times or until smooth. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/4 hours.
  • In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, egg, sugar, vanilla and salt until smooth; set aside. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half.
  • Roll each piece into a 12x8-in. rectangle. Spread filling to within 1/2 in. of edges. Spoon jam lengthwise over half of the filling. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with the long side with the jam. Pinch seams to seal; tuck ends under.
  • Place loaves seam side down on a greased baking sheet. With a sharp knife, cut shallow slashes across the top of each. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over warm coffee cakes.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 212 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 200mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • kozy213
    Jan 29, 2018

    Tips for making this:1. Plan on more flour than notated in recipe. I used maybe an additional 3/4 C for the dough to be knead-able and not stick and clump to my hands. I tried to add as little as possible for kneading and still ended up using almost an extra cup's worth.2. The filling made about 4 times as much as can be used in this recipe. I had about 1 1/4 C of filling and used roughly 1/3 C total between the two rolls because it needed a VERY thin layer to not spill out. I am reserving the leftovers for a marbled brownie so I don't waste it.3. The bake time in the recipe was too short for mine. I was a little careless in moving them to a wire rack and one broke in half, LUCKILY, because I then saw the whole inside was still raw. I turned the heat down to 350 and baked about 20 more minutes (5 min at a time) until I was confident all the dough was cooked through.While it tastes good, it's too bad the method didn't work well for me and that's why I give it a low rating.

  • vewebber58
    Nov 14, 2017

    I just took these out of the oven, and they are delicious. The dough part of it is as light as eiderdown! However, that being said, I do agree with others who say that the recipe is difficult to work with. I noticed that the dough was very soft, but it was when I spread on the filling and jam and tried to roll them up that the trouble began! I managed to get the first loaf rolled up pretty well without too much leakage, but I used the pastry cloth to get the dough rolling on the second one, and filling oozed out all over everything. I still went ahead and got it rolled as best I could and just went ahead and baked them, not knowing what the results would be. Luckily, even though I had to use a spoon to eat part of it, nothing stuck real bad or burned, and it was sooooo good! I'm trying to think of what could remedy the problem.....maybe half of the filling would be enough, or maybe I'd make the filling a day ahead and refrigerate it before making the rest of it. I did use a large egg in the filling ...maybe a small one would work better. I think more flour could be added, but the dough really was light and wonderful made as the recipe directed. Whatever.....the coffe cakes are too delicious to write them off as impossible to make successfully, and I plan on experimenting to see if I can do it better next time for more aesthetic results even though as far as taste, nothing needs improvement!

  • heiditaba
    Mar 28, 2016

    Amazing recipe. Love working with this soft dough. To keep filling from being too runny, beat 1 egg lightly but add only half of egg to filling. When rolling up dough I brush far edge of dough with water and sprinkle with a little flour, then pinch dough together after rolling up.

  • NancyStillman
    Jun 16, 2015

    This is a family favorite at any family brunch get together. My brother always requests this for Christmas Morning Breakfast. We have made the dough in our bread machine over night so is easy to put together in the morning.

  • OpalB
    May 11, 2015

    I have read all the reviews and have a questions. Might the problem with the dough be due to there not being enough flour in the recipe? Using 1 tablespoon yeast for 2-1/4 to 2-1/2 cups of flour seems excessive. this might be the reason that the dough is sticky and so soft. I am going to try this recipe because I like coffee cake, especially Entenmann's cakes.

  • vewebber58
    Feb 20, 2015

    I just took these out of the oven, and they are delicious. The dough part of it it as light as eiderdown! However, that being said, I do agree with others who say that the recipe is difficult to work with. I noticed that the dough was very soft, but it was when I spread on the filling and jam and tried to roll them up that the trouble began! I managed to get the first loaf rolled up pretty well without too much leakage, but I used the pastry cloth to get the dough rolling on the second one, and filling oozed out all over everything. I still went ahead and got it rolled as best I could and just went ahead and baked them, not knowing what the results would be. Luckily, even though I had to use a spoon to eat part of it, nothing stuck real bad or burned, and it was sooooo good! I'm trying to think of what could remedy the problem.....maybe half of the filling would be enough, or maybe I'd make the filling a day ahead and refrigerate it before making the rest of it. I did use a large egg in the filling ...maybe a small one would work better. I think more flour could be added, but the dough really was light and wonderful made as the recipe directed. Whatever.....the coffe cakes are too delicious to write them off as impossible to make successfully, and I plan on experimenting to see if I can do it better next time for more aesthetic results even though as far as taste, nothing needs improvement!

  • TLPA
    Jan 12, 2014

    Thanks for an amazing recipe! I did leave out the egg in the fillings due to the complaints of it being too runny to work with (also skipped the salt in the filling). I've made it twice and had no trouble shaping the loaves. It reminds of of Entenmann's raspberry danish only better! My husband loved it!

  • pumpkinpatchquilter
    Nov 27, 2013

    A little let down by this one though I've had great success with many Taste of Home recipes. I just made these and had to pitch them, they just ended up being a mess. There is just way too much filling, so when I remake them I will make sure they are less full. I may also try what some of the other reviewers have and use a pie filling instead...I could imagine all sorts of flavors with this pastry so I think it's worth playing with.

  • germanycook
    Dec 29, 2012

    I've made this bread twice now - it is incredible. You can't beat the flavour, it's hard to limit yourself to 2 slices at a time! I found the dough fine to work with, it was a bit stubborn rolling out but I didn't worry about it being a perfect rectangle. One thing - DO NOT ADD AN EGG TO THE FILLING - this is what makes it too runny and unmanageable. Drop the jam in small blobs over the cream cheese layer and then spread lightly, this works fine. Yum yum, can't wait to make this again!

  • Chef Wannabe
    Dec 9, 2011

    This is a very good recipe with the exception of using jam for the filling. I only gave it 4 stars because of the filling. Taking into account the comments of other bakers, I made the filling with a raspberry pie filling as opposed to jam and was rewarded with a much more firm filling making it easier to roll and control, and it didn't run while being baked (the heat melts the jam even more while the pie filling firms up).The taste is excellent and nearly melts in your mouth.I will definitely make this again.