Sunday, March 27, 2011

Daring Bakers March 2011 - Meringue Coffee Cake

Meringue Coffee Cake Closeup
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. It seemed pretty simple, although I'd never thought to bake meringue inside of something else, and I had no idea how it would turn out.

I decided to make this with what I already had in my house, which meant my filling was orange zest, cardamom-sugar, hazelnuts, and chocolate chips. When the meringue bakes, most of it kind of absorbs into the nebulous center of the coffee cake (which is really more of a rich dough, almost like a brioche). There were a few crunchy parts that squeezed out between the cracks, and I liked that flavor. I wish there had been more of that texture inside, but I'm not sure how to make that happen!

Meringue Coffee Cake Slice

This is a great framework recipe that I'd love to play more with. Some of the savory versions people have been making look amazing too. Please click on the links at the top to see the recipe as posted by the hostesses.

12 comments:

David T. Macknet said...

Well done! Since we aren't particular fans of meringue, I don't know that I'd try it, but it surely looks good!

Makey-Cakey said...

Yum! The filling in particular looks gorgeous :o)

bakercoz said...

I love your idea for flavor combination, hazelnuts, orange...yum!!

Audax said...

That last photo is stunning I love the ooziness of the filling and the cake itself looks so beautiful well done.

Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

Lisa said...

So good to see you in my comment section again, Jenny. Whenever I pop by here or see you at my site, I always think 'cheesecake' :) Still the best cheesecake ever!

That said, your cake turned out gorgeous, really bulging with all those yummies you slipped in from your fridge and cupboards. Love the orange, chocolate and hazelnuts. I also have been craving a savory version from some I've seen on other blogs. Awesome dough! Wanna wrap everything in it!

teafactory said...

your filling is evokative of christmas, absolutely delicious!

crumbsoflove said...

Great photos! the filling sounds and looks delicious. Best, Sandie

wolfsilveroak said...

Lovely job! Now I'm hingry}:P

chef_d said...

Wow that looks gorgeous, wonderful flavors too!

~Nikki~ said...

what a great idea, thanks for sharing

Aparna said...

Its beautiful and I love the flavours in your filling!

The Addicted Baker said...

what a fantastic idea!