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Strawberry-Cream Cheese Coffee Cake, Breakfast or Dessert? Recipe

Strawberry-Cream Cheese Coffee Cake, Breakfast or Dessert? Recipe
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For Cake Layer:

8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

2/3 cup sugar

Finely grated zest of one lemon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large eggs

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

¼ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 large yolks


For Cream Cheese Layer

10 ounces cream cheese

6 tablespoons sugar

1 large egg, well beaten, but not aerated

For Crumb Layer:

1 cup all-purpose flour

½ cup whole wheat flour

½ cup brown sugar

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon salt

For Assembly:

2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries, diced


Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 10 mini loaf pans or one 13”X9” baking pan and line the bottoms with parchment . With an electric mixer, cream together butter, sugar and zest until light and fluffy. Add vanilla, followed by eggs - one at a time - beating well to incorporate between each addition. Whisk together flour, salt and baking powder to evenly distribute. Add one third of this dry mixture to the butter-egg mixture and mix to incorporate. Add one yolk, and mix to incorporate. Add half of remaining dry mixture, followed by remaining yolk, finishing with remaining dry mixture, mixing well after each addition. Place cream cheese and lemon zest in a heat-proof mixing bowl set over simmering water. Stir every so often, until cheese becomes warm, smooth and liquid. Remove mixing bowl from heat. Add sugar and vanilla extract well. . Add beaten egg and mix to incorporate.

Combine all ingredients and mix with your hands or a mixer until ingredients are evenly distributed and mixture falls in chunky crumbs.

Divide cake layer batter evenly among prepared pans. Divide strawberries evenly among pans, spreading the berry pieces evenly over the surface of the cake batter and patting down gently. Diving cream cheese layer batter evenly among pans . Sprinkle a healthy handful of crumbs over the cream cheese layer in each pan. Do not push down. Bake coffee cakes for 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the center cakes comes out clean . Allow cakes to cool for 5 to 10 minutes in the pans. Carefully loosen each cake with a paring knife and gently turn cakes out. Cool completely, crumb-side up on wire racks. Cakes keep about 3 days .