- If (and that's a big "IF") you don't think you can finish the whole thing within 3 days, it stores well in the fridge. The streusel will soften and become quite moist, but five days later my chilled coffee cake is still as soft and tasty as it was on Day One!
- The 8 to 12 serving size produces generous slices of pure coffee cake heaven; I cut mine into 16 daintier pieces.
Cherry-Almond Coffee Cake (Serves 8 to 12)
From Cook's Country April/May 2010
2 (15-ounce) cans tart cherries
¼ cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
STREUSEL AND CAKE
2½ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup granulated sugar
⅓ cup packed light brown sugar
½ teaspoon salt
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 (7-ounce) tube almond paste, crumbled into small pieces (about 2½ cups)
1½ teaspoons baking powder
⅓ cup sour cream
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons water
¼ teaspoon almond extract
1. COOK CHERRIES Bring cherries (with their syrup), sugar, and cornstarch to simmer in large saucepan over medium heat. Mash cherries with potato masher and cook until thick and jamlike, about 25 minutes (mixture should measure 2 cups). Refrigerate until cool, about 30 minutes.
2. MAKE STREUSEL Whisk 1¼ cups flour, ¼ cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, and ¼ teaspoon salt in medium bowl. Using fork, stir in melted butter until mixture forms pea-size pieces. Stir in ½ cup almond paste; set aside.
3. MAKE BATTER Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 13 by 9-inch baking dish. Combine remaining flour, baking powder, and remaining salt in medium bowl. Whisk sour cream, eggs, and extracts together in small bowl. With electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat remaining almond paste, remaining sugar, and softened butter until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add sour cream mixture and beat until incorporated. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture, mixing until just combined, about 1 minute. Return speed to medium-high and beat until fluffy, about 1 minute.
4. BAKE CAKE Scrape batter into prepared dish. Dollop cooled cherry mixture over batter and spread into even layer. Sprinkle streusel over cherry mixture and bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Cool cake completely, about 2 hours.
5. GLAZE CAKE Combine sugar and extract with 2 tablespoons water. Drizzle over cake. Serve. (Cake can be kept at room temperature, covered in plastic wrap, for 3 days.)