Daring Bakers: Yeasted Meringue Coffee Cake

27 Mar

The March 2011 Daring Baker’s Challenge was hosted by Ria of Ria’s Collection and Jamie of Life’s a Feast. Ria and Jamie challenged The Daring Bakers to bake a yeasted Meringue Coffee Cake.

I was excited about this month’s challenge because it somewhat reminded me about December’s Christmas stollen which I loved.  My fellow Daring Bakers never disappoint when it comes to creative twists on the challenges so I gave the fillings I was going to use much thought.  I decided to do one with guava and cream cheese and the other with almonds, cinnamon and brown sugar.  I ran into some problems with my guava and cream cheese coffee cake as I was a little heavy handed with the meringue.  Once I rolled my dough the filling started to come out therefore making it quite messy and difficult to seal the edges.  I kept my fingers crossed in hopes that it would not totally fall apart in the oven.  I had some leakage but overall it retained its shape and most importantly was absolutely delicious!  I used the guava paste cut up into little cubes which in retrospect I definitely should have gone with the guava preserves.  I hate when that happens….always go with your gut instinct!  For the cream cheese filling I let it come to room temperature and then beat it together with some lemon juice, milk and a little sugar.  It reminded me of the wonderful Cuban pastries we get here in south Florida….DELICIOUS!

The almond, brown sugar and cinnamon one was also yummy but the guava and cream cheese was clearly the winner for me and amongst my co-workers.  As far as the meringue quite honestly I couldn’t even tell it was there…in either coffee cake.  Many of my fellow bakers described it as adding a noughat texture or chewy feel to it but not for me.  I am guessing it helped to keep the dough from being dry but that’s about it.  Regardless this recipe is a winner!

I know my fellow bakers did incredible things with this challenge so check them out here.  The challenge recipe can be viewed and printed here.


Posted by on March 27, 2011 in Uncategorized


23 responses to “Daring Bakers: Yeasted Meringue Coffee Cake

  1. Namratha

    March 27, 2011 at 12:52 AM

    Did you say Guava, wow, that must have tasted absolutely delicious! Love the swirls on the second loaf, looks perfect.

  2. Audax Artifex

    March 27, 2011 at 1:45 AM

    WOW guava and cream cheese that does sound delish and wonderful that at the end they work out so well great job on this challenge.

    Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

  3. chef_d

    March 27, 2011 at 2:52 AM

    What an interesting flavor combination! It looks delicious!

  4. Renata

    March 27, 2011 at 3:03 AM

    I must try this guava-cream cheese version it just sounds so Brazilian and delicious! What a great idea you had! Hats off to you!

  5. Shelley C

    March 27, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    Both flavor combinations sound fantastic, but I would probably also go with the cream cheese and guava one – YUM!! Great work on the challenge!

  6. Bourbonnatrix

    March 27, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    good job on the challenge! these flavor combo sounds delish!

  7. Rochelle (Acquired Taste)

    March 27, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Guava and cream cheese?!?! I would LOVE a bite of that one, I bet it was heavenly!

  8. pavithra

    March 27, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Wow beautiful finish and excellent job on the challenge.

  9. Ruth H.

    March 27, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    What yummy flavors you made! I love the way your cakes came out, and I am so glad you shared with us!!

  10. Coz

    March 27, 2011 at 9:42 PM

    Your coffee cake looks beautiful. I love the look of the almonds on top.

  11. lisamichele

    March 27, 2011 at 11:19 PM

    I LOVE guava! I wish it were more widely available around here. TYour cake using cream cheese with it looks and sounds amazing! Also, may I have one of those raspberry-brownie bites too? 🙂

  12. bobbie noto

    March 27, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    The first statement my daughter proclaimed, when we found out what the March challenge was “it reminds me of stollen” I am glad she wasn’t the only one to notice.
    Th combination of flavors sound delightful.

  13. stacy :)

    March 27, 2011 at 11:46 PM

    Your coffee cake sounds just wonderful. It’s lovely when things we’re not sure about turn out so well! Beautiful work! 🙂 stacy

  14. Catalina

    March 28, 2011 at 3:04 AM

    The guava coffee cake sounds so good! I can imagine how extremely tasty it must have been 🙂

  15. s

    March 28, 2011 at 5:34 AM

    Wow that looks absolutely delicious….

  16. Deeba @ PAB

    March 28, 2011 at 6:36 AM

    Love the flavour combination you chose…wow! I didn’t get much of a meringue flavour too. Well done on the challenge!

  17. Jamie

    March 28, 2011 at 7:09 AM

    Wow I think your guava cream cheese is so original and is giving me a lot of ideas! Your cake looks wonderful and I am so thrilled you loved our challenge!

  18. shaz

    March 28, 2011 at 7:59 AM

    Guava paste and cream cheese, what a fantastic combination! I’ve definitely got to go and find some of that paste to try out.

  19. stacie tamaki

    March 28, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Congrats on your successful challenge! I love how high your dough rose in your second picture. With the nuts on top your loaf came out very pretty!

  20. Manu

    March 28, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    I would stay with the cream cheese one too! Looks amazing! But the sweet one is gourgeous too!
    I think the meringue helped adding some moist to the cake, preventing to get dry. I also didn’t get the nougat texture.

  21. Patri

    March 29, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    I don’t think I’ve tried guava before, but after looking at the results of the fruit in the cake I _must_ eat one to imagine what it tasted like 🙂
    Nice work!

  22. Erica

    March 29, 2011 at 7:45 PM

    Yum, nice work. I especially like the almonds on top.

  23. Lea

    April 6, 2011 at 4:31 AM

    Good job, turned out great!


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