Wednesday, March 24, 2010

CIA Homeschool: Coffee Cake (Twisted)

One of my favorite things about living in Germany was the amount of bakeries. I didn't go every day or even every week, but when I did go, it was always a wonderful thing. The pastries and breads were always delicious. There was one particular bread that was so delicious that an entire loaf could easily be eaten in a matter of hours. And, no, I am not talking about it being eaten by multiple people.... :)

Usually I would always get a loaf of that bread, but I liked to mix it up with a delicious almond cake. This cake was amazing and oh how I loved it. It was a sad day when I purchased my last one. Let me tell you... that almond cake is on my top 5 list of foods to get right away next time I am in Germany (and there WILL be a next time!).

With all of that said, you are probably wondering what that has to do with this coffee cake. Well, this coffee cake tasted almost EXACTLY like the almond pastry I love so much! JACKPOT!

By the looks of the pictures, it may seem like this is a difficult recipe. It actually was quite simple. It is a basic yeast dough filled with a frangipane (almond paste, sugar, eggs) filling. The dough is rolled out into a rectangle, the frangipane is spread on top, and then rolled up. The roll is then cut in half lengthwise and twisted together.

After baking, the coffee cake is brushed with an apricot glaze. Oh... my... yum! If you couldn't tell, I LOVED this cake!

Ah.... CIA homeschool is paying off! :)

List of recipes to be made from the CIA book:

Yeast Raised Breads and Rolls

Boule (White Wheat Lean Dough)
Split Loaf (Lean Dough with Pate Fermente)
Batard (Whole Wheat Lean Dough)
Baguette (Lean Dough with Poolish)
Soft Roll Dough (Knot Rolls & Parker House Rolls)
Brioche a Tete
Challah (6 Braid)
Coffee Cake (Twisted)
Pita Bread
Apple Fritters
Berliners (Jelly Doughnuts)
Yeast Raised Doughnuts

Yeast Doughs (Not listed above)

Prosciutto and Provolone Dough
Tomato Dough
Roasted Potato Dough
Apple and Walnut Sourdough

Quick Breads and Cakes

Ginger Cake
Buttermilk Biscuits
Bran Muffins
Lemon Buttermilk Cake
Polenta Cake
Devil’s Food Cake
Chocolate XS
Carrot Cake
Chocolate Souffle Cake
Patterned Jaconde Sponge
Walnut Cheesecake


Mudslide Cookies
Sand Cookies
Orange Coconut Macaroons
Fudge Brownies
Pecan Diamonds (Short Dough)
Mirror Cookies (1-2-3 Cookie Dough)
Citrus Crisps
Zedern Brot
Vanilla Kipferl
Checkerboard Cookies
Vanilla Pretzels
Langues-de-Chat Sandwiches
Frangipane Cake (Made into Petit Fours)

Custards, Creams, Mousses, and Souffles

Crème Brulee
Pots de Crème
Vanilla Pudding
Lemon Curd
Chocolate Mousse
Bavarian Cream
Raspberry Souffle

Frozen Desserts

Chocolate Swirl Ice Cream
Lemon Frozen Yogurt
Orange Sorbet
Vanilla Bean Sherbet
Fresh Ginger Granita
Praline Parfait
Frozen Lemon Savarin

Pies, Tarts, and Fruit Desserts

Blueberry Pie
Warm Apple Charlottes
Lemon Fantasy Tart
Zesty Lime Tart
Cheese Tart
Cranberry Pecan Tart
Apple Strudel

Filled and Assembled Cakes and Tortes

Bavarian Cream Torte
Charlotte Russe
Black Forest Cake
Opera Torte
Orange Mousseline Torte

Individual Pastries

Lemon Curd Tartlets
Pecan Cranberry Tartlets
Strip Tartlets
Pecan Passions
Classic Napoleons
Chocolate Peanut Butter Bombes
White and Dark Chocolate Mousse in Glasses
Chocolate Eclairs
Bear Claws

Plated Desserts

Blueberry and Cream Cheese Crepes
Brown Sugar Roasted Pear
Funnel Cake with Maple Syrup and Summer Fruit Sauces

Chocolates and Confections

Milk Chocolate Truffles
Candied Orange Peel
Soft Caramels
Hard Candies
Nuss Bonbon


TBD (Trying to pick a cake with gumpaste, modeling chocolate, and possibly pulled sugar)


Grumpy & HoneyB said...

Oh wow, Cristine, I need to get this recipe. I love anything with almond paste in it! (hence why I loved the DB Danish too!). A local grocery used to make pastries filled with an almond paste filling and they only made them on Sunday. Now they don't even do that anymore and I really miss it! This coffecake of yours looks awesome. I think you need to move to Northern NY. Not sure if Nathan is still in the service...but there is Fort Drum just down the road from me. ;)

The McBride Family said...

YUM! I too WILL be in Germany again preferebly with the Holtgrewe's!!!

Bob said...

It looks amazing! The twisted effect is really cool.

Natalie... said...

Omg wow this looks amazingly good, it looks so light and fluffy and delicious!

Valerie said...

This looks and sounds amazing!!! I searched online all afternoon for the recipe.. LOL No luck :(

Ingrid said...

Looks pretty cool and sounds great! We love almond.

Katy ~ said...

Beautiful, simply beautiful!!

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