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Its Daring Bakers time for March.  Wonderful challenge as always... This time it was Yeasted Meringue Coffee Cake.  Don't they sound delicious..yes it was!!!.  Totally loved the challenge.  I did not make much changes to the original recipe other than the filling.  The filling which I made was the combination of dried Cranberry+ Zest of Orange and crunchy  Pecans which I love love love a lot. The recipe can easily be halved to make one round coffee cake.  I just halved the recipe.  If your making the wreath shape the baking time would be as suggested.  But if you wishing make single serving like I posted the baking time is 15 to 18 minutes.  Enjoy the virtual treat as much as I enjoyed making and eating.

Blog-checking lines: The March 2011 Daring Baker’s Challenge was hosted by Ria and Jamie
. Ria and Jamie challenged The Daring Bakers to bake a Yeasted Meringue Coffee Cake.

Recipe Source: Jamie found this recipe on a piece of yellowed paper in her dad’s collection of clipped out and hand-written recipes from the 1970’s, no source, no date, and she tried the recipe and it was brilliant!


Makes 2 round coffee cakes, each approximately 10 inches in diameter.


For the yeast coffee cake dough:

Flour - 4 cups
Sugar - ¼ cup
Salt - ¾ teaspoon
Active dried yeast - 1 package
Whole milk - ¾ cup
Water - ¼ cup  (doesn’t matter what temperature)
Unsalted butter  - ½ cup at room temperature
Eggs - 2 large at room temperature



For the Meringue:

Egg whites - 3 large at room temperature
Salt - ¼ teaspoon
Vanilla - ½ teaspoon
Sugar - ½ cup

For the filling Which I used :

Chopped pecans - 1/2 cup
Dried cranberries - 1/2 cup
Granulated sugar - 2 Tablespoons
Orange Zest - 1 1/2 teaspoon

Egg wash: 1 beaten egg

Confectioner’s sugar (powdered/icing sugar) for dusting cakes


Prepare the dough:

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 ½ cups of the flour, the sugar, salt and yeast.
2. In a saucepan, combine the milk, water and butter and heat over medium heat until warm and the butter is just melted.
3.With an electric mixer on low speed, gradually add the warm liquid to the flour/yeast mixture, beating until well blended. Increase mixer speed to medium and beat 2 minutes. Add the eggs and 1 cup flour and beat for 2 more minutes.
4.Using a wooden spoon, stir in enough of the remaining flour to make a dough that holds together. Turn out onto a floured surface (use any of the 1 ½ cups of flour remaining) and knead the dough for 8 to 10 minutes until the dough is soft, smooth, sexy and elastic, keeping the work surface floured and adding extra flour as needed.
5.Place the dough in a lightly greased (I use vegetable oil) bowl, turning to coat all sides. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel and let rise until double in bulk, 45 – 60 minutes. The rising time will depend on the type of yeast you use.
6.Prepare your filling:In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and sugar for the filling if using. You can add the chopped nuts to this if you like, but I find it easier to sprinkle on both the nuts and the chocolate separately.

Once the dough has doubled, make the meringue:

In a clean mixing bowl – ideally a plastic or metal bowl so the egg whites adhere to the side (they slip on glass) and you don’t end up with liquid remaining in the bottom – beat the egg whites with the salt, first on low speed for 30 seconds, then increase to high and continue beating until foamy and opaque. Add the vanilla then start adding the ½ cup sugar, a tablespoon at a time as you beat, until very stiff, glossy peaks form.

Assemble the Coffee Cakes:

1. Line 2 baking/cookie sheets with parchment paper.
2. Punch down the dough and divide in half. On a lightly floured surface, working one piece of the dough at a time (keep the other half of the dough wrapped in plastic), roll out the dough into a 20 x 10-inch (about 51 x 25 ½ cm) rectangle. Spread half of the meringue evenly over the rectangle up to about 1/2-inch (3/4 cm) from the edges. Sprinkle half of your filling of choice evenly over the meringue (ex: half of the cinnamon-sugar followed by half the chopped nuts and half of the chocolate chips/chopped chocolate).
3.Now, roll up the dough jellyroll style, from the long side. Pinch the seam closed to seal. Very carefully transfer the filled log to one of the lined cookie sheets, seam side down. Bring the ends of the log around and seal the ends together, forming a ring, tucking one end into the other and pinching to seal.


4.Using kitchen scissors or a sharp knife (although scissors are easier), make cuts along the outside edge at 1-inch (2 ½ cm) intervals. Make them as shallow or as deep as desired but don’t be afraid to cut deep into the ring.
5.Repeat with the remaining dough, meringue and fillings.
6.Cover the 2 coffee cakes with plastic wrap and allow them to rise again for 45 to 60 minutes.
7.Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
8.Brush the tops of the coffee cakes with the egg wash. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes until risen and golden brown. The dough should sound hollow when tapped.
9.Remove from the oven and slide the parchment paper off the cookie sheets onto the table. Very gently loosen the coffee cakes from the paper with a large spatula and carefully slide the cakes off onto cooling racks. Allow to cool.
10.Just before serving, dust the tops of the coffee cakes with confectioner’s sugar as well as cocoa powder if using chocolate in the filling. These are best eaten fresh, the same day or the next day.


Enjoy !!!

Anonymous –   – (March 27, 2011 at 8:32 AM)  

I like your filling. Sounds delicious and differnt. Your smaller crescent shaped cakes are so cute!

Sailaja Damodaran  – (March 27, 2011 at 8:33 AM)  

Wow!!!!!!!!!!!! too good.Love the click too.

Renata  – (March 27, 2011 at 8:39 AM)  

I LOVE LOVE LOVE how you shaped your cake! I'll have to bookmark this one! Love your flavor choices too, not to mention your stunning photos!! WOW! Hats off to you!!!

Sravs  – (March 27, 2011 at 8:39 AM)  

Superb recipe !! cute shaped cakes !! So delicious and yummy !!

Prema  – (March 27, 2011 at 8:40 AM)  

Wow!!!yummy filling,love this unique recipe...clicks are fantastic...

Audax  – (March 27, 2011 at 8:40 AM)  

Your posting is outstanding I love all the professional photographs almost too many to comprehend at once. And your small crescent shaped cakes are stunning and the crumb of the slices is excellent so fluffy and airy superb work on this challenge.

Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

Cooking Rookie  – (March 27, 2011 at 8:56 AM)  

I love your presentation (the crescents) and the filling. And the photos are absolutely stunning. I am following your blog from now on :-)

shelley c.  – (March 27, 2011 at 9:10 AM)  

Wow - everything about your coffee cakes is amazing - the flavor combination of orange, cranberry and pecans? Yum. The smaller sized shape? Perfect. The beautiful photos? Stunning. Amazing work on the challenge.

Gayathri Kumar  – (March 27, 2011 at 9:12 AM)  

Pavithra, the clicks are fantastic. Loved the half moon shape!

Reshmi Mahesh  – (March 27, 2011 at 9:20 AM)  

Amazing coffee cake....Liked the filling very much....Superb photos...

Aparna Balasubramanian  – (March 27, 2011 at 9:36 AM)  

What I liked most about your challenge is the shapes. They look so lovely like Danish.

chef_d  – (March 27, 2011 at 9:44 AM)  

Really gorgeous especially the one with the cranberry filling! Excellent job and excellent pictures!

Priya Suresh  – (March 27, 2011 at 9:46 AM)  

Woww lovely challenge, ur coffee cake looks super irresistible Pavi, wonderful shape..

zorra  – (March 27, 2011 at 9:49 AM)  

Indeed this was a wonderful challenge, and you did very well. Love your beautiful photos!

Umm Mymoonah  – (March 27, 2011 at 9:58 AM)  

I love the pictures of meringue and fresh looking oranges and ofcourse your cute crescent shaped breads. Looks stunning, excellent job on the challenge Pavi :)

Poires au Chocolat  – (March 27, 2011 at 10:29 AM)  

Gorgeous photos, breads, flavours, everything. Well done! Interested to see that yours look like they also had some cobwebby meringue left too.

Unknown  – (March 27, 2011 at 10:41 AM)  

Ur props are always admirable...luv them soo much. The cake looks so good and perfect too Pavi

Catalina  – (March 27, 2011 at 10:59 AM)  

Your photos are amazing, so light, elegant and simply beautiful! I love the way you shaped them, it's very cute and original :)

Eat Hearty  – (March 27, 2011 at 11:06 AM)  

Beautiful coffee cake and presentation!!!


divya  – (March 27, 2011 at 11:49 AM)  

Woww lovely challenge, ur coffee cake looks super irresistible Pavi, wonderful shape..

Unknown  – (March 27, 2011 at 12:28 PM)  

Pavithra, This look like eye candy - Please do check out my Crazy for Cakes Event - look forward to your participation - Here is the link for details on the event - look forward! Priya

natalia  – (March 27, 2011 at 12:41 PM)  

Ciao I love the shape you chose ! The photographs are so beautiful I feel too bad !! Bellissime !

Lisa  – (March 27, 2011 at 12:43 PM)  

This is definitely one of those 'Why didn't I think of that?' moments, but I never, ever would have thought of it, much less been able to execute it and photograph it as beautifully, stunning, mouth watering'ly' as you have! You are one talented lady :)

Ashlae  – (March 27, 2011 at 1:09 PM)  

Your photos are absolutely breathtaking! I especially love the shape of your cakes - so creative. Also, cranberries + orange zest is one of my favorite combinations - I never thought to try it in a cake.

Susan  – (March 27, 2011 at 1:44 PM)  

Thank you for the warm welcone to the Daring Bakers! This is my first visit to your blog - it's beautiful! Your photography is stunning. I love the half-moons you made - they look like they came from a professional bakery!

Namratha  – (March 27, 2011 at 1:46 PM)  

Perfect crescents Pavithra, they look gorgeous! Orange zest in the filling is certainly my kind of thing, must have tasted out of this world. Nicely done!

Alpineberry Mary  – (March 27, 2011 at 3:22 PM)  

I love the individual bread pockets you made for the challenge. Genius!

Please Do Not Feed The Animals.  – (March 27, 2011 at 4:58 PM)  

Your individual crescents are beautiful. And I love your photography.

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake  – (March 27, 2011 at 5:29 PM)  

Oh,my, what gorgeous little gems you've made! Perfection!!!

Urvashee  – (March 27, 2011 at 7:53 PM)  

These are really nice. I especially like the way you shaped the cakes.

Jenni  – (March 27, 2011 at 8:21 PM)  

Great job! I love the individual sizes, so cute! And a fun filling choice, too! I bet they were delicious!

Deeba PAB  – (March 27, 2011 at 8:28 PM)  

I think you did a wonderful job of your best posts I'd say! Just beautiful!

megi  – (March 27, 2011 at 8:39 PM)  

The individual cakes look so pretty and I love your filling.

Ruth H.  – (March 27, 2011 at 9:00 PM)  

I love your individual cakes! They look perfect, and make for an absolutely charming treat! Your cranberry and orange filling sounds wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing your inspiration with us!

aipi  – (March 27, 2011 at 9:18 PM)  

Perfect- amazing- moth watering-decadent- mesmerizing all that n more ..Great job on the challenge :)
Loved your orange pics :)

US Masala

Tia  – (March 27, 2011 at 9:28 PM)  

absolutely gorgeous! i love the colors and your photos

looks soo good. great use of flavors!

.  – (March 27, 2011 at 9:32 PM)  

Stunning!!! Great choice of fillings and I love the shape of the cakes. Amazing photos!

inma  – (March 27, 2011 at 10:06 PM)  

Lovely!!!!, it looks so tasty and the photos are brilliant.

Indian Khana  – (March 27, 2011 at 10:13 PM)  

Yummy n looks always wonderful

GEETHA ACHAL  – (March 27, 2011 at 10:25 PM) are a great professional...Love it...Thanks for sharing...

Anuradha  – (March 27, 2011 at 11:38 PM)  

Very nice anni.... Bring some when you come to India. :D

Rose from Magpies Recipes  – (March 28, 2011 at 12:44 AM)  

Awesome Pavithra! So you rolled them into a circle and then folded in half to make a crescent shape? Love the individual cuties! The filling sounds yummy too! Love Pecans!

Chez Lucie  – (March 28, 2011 at 3:03 AM)  

Wow! I love your photos and the combination of cranberries, pecans & orange zest sounds good to me. In Czech Republic I can buy some pastry in the same shapes as yours but it is filled with finely chopped walnuts and it is called "hairbrush" :-)

Aruna Manikandan  – (March 28, 2011 at 3:35 AM)  

looks awesome dear...
would love to try some..
gorgeous clicks :)

chef and her kitchen  – (March 28, 2011 at 3:58 AM)  

Thats a beautiful shape...loved it..looks superb n amazing clicks...

s  – (March 28, 2011 at 4:29 AM)  

stunning pics! and I love how u cut the dough up into such cute cresent shape..great job.

Raks  – (March 28, 2011 at 5:00 AM)  

Oh my god,perfect perfect perfect!! Great effort pavi, Very tempting and crystal clear pics,drooling me :)

Love2cook Malaysia  – (March 28, 2011 at 5:30 AM)  


Zareena  – (March 28, 2011 at 6:08 AM)  

Wow!! yummy, lovely, delicious..actually there are no words to describe. Really great photos and you rock dear...

Suji  – (March 28, 2011 at 8:52 AM)  

Again beautifully presented, mindblowing clicks...Meringue coffee cake looks scrumptios...

Manu  – (March 28, 2011 at 9:00 AM)  

Your coffee cakes are so perfect!
Love the shape and flavours!
I have to try!

Ramya  – (March 28, 2011 at 9:02 AM)  

Totally stunning..:-) Love the filling you chose and the color of the crust.
The photographs r awesome..Cant keep my eye off them:-)

Jeyashris Kitchen  – (March 28, 2011 at 9:19 AM)  

gorgeous and wonderful.Though i dont eat eggs,i love the packet of farm eggs.looking nice and the grater is very cute.
U made it very perfect as u do always

Bobbie  – (March 28, 2011 at 11:24 AM)  

Hi, I wanted to first introduce myself; Bobbie of
I joined the daring bakers last Nov.
Your cake is charming, the cranberries remind me of the Stollen challenge.

Vidhya  – (March 28, 2011 at 11:40 AM)  

Coffee cake look absolutely delicious.Beautiful shape and wonderful pictures.

Valar Siva  – (March 28, 2011 at 12:12 PM)  

Looks yummy.. Photography at its best!!!

Happy following you..

Jaisy James  – (March 28, 2011 at 1:52 PM)  

looks so delicious and perfectly baked. nice clicks

Suman Singh  – (March 28, 2011 at 2:18 PM)  

Wow..spectacular...breathtaking pics!
And the coffee cake is simply irresistible...thanks for the recipe!

Mafalda Cardoso  – (March 28, 2011 at 2:24 PM)  

Oh what beautiful pictures and how lovely a presentation of the coffee cakes. Small coffee cakes... wonderful. I loved it!

The Betz Family  – (March 28, 2011 at 3:43 PM)  

Your coffee cake looks great! I like the bear claw type shape of your cakes. Nice job on the challenge!

Tabitha  – (March 28, 2011 at 3:58 PM)  

I like your crescents idea. Super cute!

shewhisks  – (March 28, 2011 at 7:50 PM)  

I love your "gazelle's horn" look for the coffee cake, very creative! Your filling looks so goooood! I really love all your photos, they are just so amazing to look at - I definately eat with my eyes!!

Shoba Shrinivasan  – (March 28, 2011 at 10:12 PM)  

Oh wow Pavithra,

Your meringue coffee cake looks so awesome with all the macro shots. Lovely explanations and I love the fillings. hey I saw that you live in Memphis....I was here this weekend and If I had known I cd have called you for some advice!!!


Rama  – (March 28, 2011 at 11:33 PM)  

Perfectly baked cakes.They look out of the world. You are an Awesome Baker and stylist. You do magic with your imagination and presentation. I strongly believe you can start a Bakery. I bow before your culinary passion and skills.

Smita P  – (March 29, 2011 at 12:34 AM)  

lovely filling... pics look delicious enough to eat it right now.. Lovely blog !!

SouthindianHome  – (March 29, 2011 at 8:09 AM)  

Looks delicious and a yummy filling. Wonderful clicks as well

Sarah Naveen  – (March 29, 2011 at 9:49 AM) love your clicks gal!!!! a total wow!!

Torviewtoronto  – (March 29, 2011 at 10:39 AM)  

delicious filling and cake looks wonderful

Sunitha  – (March 29, 2011 at 2:11 PM)  

Awesome! The picture, the way the cake looks etc. Good going! I saw the pictures on facebook and had to come check out the post.

Rosa's Yummy Yums  – (March 29, 2011 at 2:34 PM)  

Your individual coffee cakes are fabulous! what wonderful flavors. Heavenly!



berry lovely  – (March 29, 2011 at 5:07 PM)  

I love the crescent shape of your cakes, very beautiful and they look very professional.

Bobbie  – (March 30, 2011 at 9:20 AM)  

Beautiful photos, my daughter and were elated to find out March's challenge was yeast doughs. I have been meaning to introduce myself, I am Bobbie of nice to meet you

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking  – (March 30, 2011 at 11:57 AM)  

This is one lovely coffee cake! Great job on it. You have a beautiful blog and I'm looking forward to exploring your recipes. :)

Namitha  – (March 30, 2011 at 6:21 PM)  

Beautiful clicks,Pavi :-)feel like grabbing a couple of them ..(see I'm not greedy :D )

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets  – (March 31, 2011 at 9:57 AM)  

Lovely presentation, dear! And I'm jealous you get oranges with the leaves still on them 8)

Hamsi  – (March 31, 2011 at 11:40 AM)  

Great clicks and great presentation of great cruncy cakes. Its awesome and highly appreciable.

Hamsamalini Chandrasekaran,

Only Fish Recipes  – (March 31, 2011 at 3:15 PM)  

wow...what amazing clicks n what a gr8 presentation....loved every bit of it !

SpicyTasty  – (March 31, 2011 at 4:03 PM)  

A perfect snack for the evening with tea. I just love it. Pics are very tempting.

Archana Vivek  – (March 31, 2011 at 4:17 PM)  

Wonderful and beautiful blog. I would like to pass you on this award. Please accept it.

Julie  – (April 1, 2011 at 4:16 PM)  

Your photos are incredibly gorgeous! You did such a beautiful job with this project, between the choice of filling and the shaping--I love the idea of making individual cakes!

Sandhya Hariharan  – (April 2, 2011 at 10:00 AM)  

Beauty ... is here... Be it the click or the recipe....
Your props.. are perfect :)

( Sandhya's Kitchen )

Lea  – (April 4, 2011 at 12:34 PM)  

Amazingly beautiful, perfectly shaped! Want to try one :) Cranberries and orange zest sounds great

MelissaDaams  – (April 4, 2011 at 2:14 PM)  

ahh, your "cakes" are beautiful. I love how you shaped them.

would you linked them up at my sweet rolls linky party here:

cheers, melissa

Amelia PS  – (April 20, 2011 at 9:02 AM)  

lovely photographs, equally delicious recipe!!!

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