Mets la Main à la Pâte/ Yeasted And Filled Meringue Coffee Cake: Daring Baker’s Challenge, March 2011
For those of us who do not understand French, “Mets la Main à la Pâte” apparently translates as Yeasted Meringue Coffee Cake (I think), though Google Translate came up with “Put my hands dirty!” which didn’t sound very promising.
  • yeast coffee cake** For the dough :
  • 2cups all purpose flour
  • 1/8cup sugar(2 tbsp)
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 1 1/4tsps active dried yeast
  • 1/2cup milkwarm
  • 60gm butter, at room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • meringue** For the :
  • 2 egg whitesat room temperature
  • a large pinch salt
  • 1 1/4tsps masalachai
  • 1/4cup sugar
  • 1/2tsp vanilla extract
  • ** For the filling :
  • 1/4cup cashewnutsroasted broken
  • 1/4cup cranberries
  • 2tbsps sugargranulated
  • 1/2cup chocolatesemisweet chips
  • milkA little for brushing over the dough before baking
  • ** Method :
  • ** Prepare the dough :
  • can milk butter butterIn a saucepan , combine the and and heat over medium heat until warm and the is just melted . You do the kneading by hand , or with an electric mixer , but I used my food processor
  • 3/4cup flour sugar salt yeast flour yeast eggCombine of the , the , and in your food processor bowl . Gradually add the warm liquid to the / mixture , pulsing until well blended . Add the
  • 2 1cups flour yeast eggs flour floured floured and adding only as much extra flourWith an electric mixer on low speed , gradually add the warm liquid to the / mixture , beating until well blended . Increase mixer speed to medium and beat minutes . Add the and and process for a couple of minutes . Add as much of the remaining as required to make a dough that holds together . Turn out onto a ed surface and knead the dough for 8 to 10 minutes until the dough is soft , smooth and elastic , keeping the work surface ed and adding only as much extra as needed
  • Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl , turning to coat all sides . Cover the bowl and let rise until double in bulk (about 45 u2013 60 minutes or so)
  • meringue** Once the dough has doubled , make the :
  • t 30 1/4cup egg whites egg whites salt vanilla sugarIn a clean mixing bowl u2013 ideally a metal bowl so the adhere to the side (they slip on glass) and you don u2019 end up with liquid remaining in the bottom u2013 beat the with the , first on low speed for seconds , then increase the speed to high and continue beating until foamy and opaque . Add the then start adding the , a tablespoon at a time as you beat , until very stiff , glossy peaks form
  • coffee cake** Assembling the :
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • 10 10inchs floured meringue sugar cashewnuts cranberries chocolate meringuePunch down the dough . On a lightly surface , roll out the dough into a x square . Spread the evenly over the square up to about 1/2 ” from the edges . Sprinkle the first , then the , the and lastly the chips evenly over the
  • the onePinch seal cookie seal seal. Otherwise, tuck the ends neatly underneath and sealNow , roll up the dough jellyroll style , from the side nearest to you . seam closed to . Very carefully transfer the filled log to the lined sheet , seam side down . Bring the ends of the log around and the ends together , forming a ring , tucking end into the other and pinching to . Otherwise, tuck the ends neatly underneath and well to form a log
  • 1inch coffee cakeUsing kitchen scissors make cuts along the outside edge at intervals . Make them as shallow or as deep as desired but don u2019 t be afraid to cut deep into the ring / log . Cover the with plastic wrap and allow it to rise again for 45 to 60 minutes
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  • 180C coffee cake milkBrush the tops of the with , and bake at (350F) for about 25 to 30 minutes till risen and golden brown
  • 350 coffee cakexb0 Preheat the oven to F (180xb0C). The dough should sound hollow when tapped . Remove from the oven and very gently loosen the from the paper with a large spatula . Cool completely on a rack
  • coffee teaSlice and serve with or . (How else would one serve a cake?)
  • 4 to 5 This recipe serves people
  • cake sugar cocoaYou may choose to dust the with powdered or powder before serving . These are best eaten fresh , the same day or the next day
Recipe Notes

I have to confess I was happy to see a yeasted bread (okay, coffee cake) for a change when this month’s challenge was revealed. If it has yeast, to me it’s bread, but this one has butter and eggs so that does make it cake-like like a brioche, but not as rich.

I have never seen a bread/ yeasted coffee cake with meringue inside it and that aspect was what I found interesting about this challenge. I had visions of an eggy mess inside the coffee cake but was pleasantly surprised to see a rather moist bread-like texture with no hint of egg about it.

I am not particularly fond of sweet filled yeasted breads but this one was well liked by everyone here. And the dough produces a sweet bread (yeasted cake) with a really good texture, and softness without the richness one would normally associate with dough of this sort. I will definitely be using this dough to make savoury filled breads.

You really ought to visit the other Daring Bakers some of who have made very unusual and beautifully shaped coffee cakes!

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