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!
I would like to take this opportunity to mention that a small group of food bloggers have got together to raise some money through an auction to send to the Japanese Red Cross for their earthquake relief work. It would be nice if you could join us by bidding on one or more of the items on offer. Please help us help Japan. Thank you.