Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

  • Yield 8 servings

"The red filling makes a colorful, special Valentine breakfast treat. This recipe comes from a former elementary school principal. Once a month, different faculty members would bring potluck breakfast as a way of celebrating everyone's birthday."

Ingredients

2 cups biscuit mix
1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, cut into 1/2 -inch cubes
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, cut into 1/2 -inch cubes
1/3 cup plus 1 to 2 tablespoons, milk
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425F.
  2. Place the biscuit mix in a medium bowl. Using two knives or a pastry blender, cut in the cream cheese and butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add 1/3 cup of the milk and stir until blended.
  3. Turn the mixture onto a floured work surface and knead 8 to10 strokes. Place the dough on a large sheet of wax paper and roll it out to 12 x 18 inches. Turn the dough onto a large, greased baking sheet and remove the wax paper.
  4. Place the preserves in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 15 seconds to melt slightly; stir to blend. Spread the preserves evenly lengthwise down the center of the dough, about 3 inches wide.
  5. Make 2 1/2-inch cuts at 1-inch intervals on each side and fold the strips over the filling. Do not overlap the strips. Bake for 12 minutes, just until golden; do not overcook. Place the baking sheet on a wire rack.
  6. Combine the confectioners’ sugar, the remaining 1 to 2 tablespoons milk, and the vanilla in a small bowl; mix well. Drizzle evenly over the warm coffee cake. Cool completely before serving.

Recipe by Ruth Fuller Lature, Hopkinsville, Ky.

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