Cherry Swirl Coffee Cake

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Prep Time: 30 minutes + 1 ¼ hours for rising
Baking Time: 25 minutes
Yield: 2 coffee cakes

Ingredients

  • Coffee Cake
  • 1 1/4 cups (300 mL) milk
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) salt
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) Crisco® Shortening
  • 1 package (8 g) active dry yeast
  • 3 1/4 cups (800 mL) Robin Hood® Original All Purpose Flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (250 mL) Smucker's® Pure Cherry Jam
  • Glaze
  • 1 cup (250 mL) icing sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp (20 mL) milk
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) sliced almonds, toasted

Directions

    Coffee Cake
  1. Heat milk, sugar, salt and shortening in small saucepan just to boiling; cool to lukewarm (105°F-115°F/40°C-46°C). Stir in yeast. Transfer mixture to medium bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Add 1 cup (250 mL) flour to milk mixture; beat well. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Stir in enough remaining flour to make a thick batter; beat until smooth.
  2. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in warm place, free from drafts, until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour. Stir batter down. Pour batter into 2 greased 9” (23 cm) round cake pans. Cover with tea towel. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 1/4 hours.
  3. Make a swirl design on top of batter with a floured spoon; fill grooves with jam, using 1/4 cup (50 mL) for each coffee cake.
  4. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Bake coffee cakes on centre oven rack for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden. Remove from pans; cool on wire racks. Fill grooves with remaining jam.
  5. Glaze
  6. Mix icing sugar with milk to make a thin glaze consistency; drizzle over coffee cakes. Sprinkle with almonds.

Tips

  1. Add 1 tbsp (15 mL) grated orange rind to the dough.
  2. Try Smucker's® Pure Raspberry or Pure Strawberry Jam for another great cake.