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Apricot almond coffee cake is a special treat for the holidays

 

Apricot almond coffee cake is a special treat that features a cream biscuit dough packed with intensely flavored dried apricots, layered with almond paste and glazed with apricot jam.

Apricot almond coffee cake is a special treat that features a cream biscuit dough packed with intensely flavored dried apricots, layered with almond paste and glazed with apricot jam. Photo by: Sara Moulton via AP

 

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If you're expecting overnight guests during the holiday season, you might want to stock up on the ingredients for this recipe. Doing so will allow you to throw together a knockout coffee cake for breakfast, a special treat that features a cream biscuit dough packed with intensely flavored dried apricots, layered with almond paste and glazed with apricot jam. 

 

The right ingredients are crucial. You want California apricots because they're much more tart and apricot-y than the Turkish variety. As for the jam, the first ingredient listed on the label should be apricots, not sugar, because this cake is all about the balance between the sweet almond paste and the tart apricots and jam. Likewise, be sure you're using almond paste and not marzipan. The latter is too sugary. 

 

The dough is also key, so take care to measure it correctly. The best way is with a scale not a measuring cup. One cup of flour should weigh 4 1/4 ounces, but if you pack it tightly into a measuring cup, it'll weigh much more ... and your cake will turn out tough and dry. If you don't own a scale, fluff up your flour, sprinkle it loosely into a one-cup dry-cup measure and scrape off the excess with a straight edge. 

 

Finally, when adding the heavy cream to the flour mixture, take care not to overmix the dough. The longer you work it, the more the gluten develops and the chewier the dough becomes. Not good. It takes a careful baker to make a tender coffee cake. 

 

 

 

APRICOT ALMOND COFFEE CAKE 

 

Start to finish: 1 hour 10 minutes (40 active) 

 

Servings: 12 

 

 

 

8 1/2 ounces (about 2 cups) all-purpose flour 

 

2 tablespoons granulated sugar 

 

1 tablespoon baking powder 

 

1/4 teaspoon table salt 

 

3/4 cup (about 3 1/2 ounces) finely chopped apricots, preferably California apricots 

 

1 tablespoon grated lemon zest 

 

1 1/4 cups heavy cream 

 

6 tablespoons apricot jam 

 

3 ounces very thinly sliced almond paste 

 

 

 

  • Preheat oven to 425 F. 

     

  • Into a large bowl sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add apricots and lemon zest; stir well. Pour in the heavy cream and stir just until combined. Dump dough on kitchen counter and knead it a few times or just until it comes together. Divide dough into two parts and roll out one-half on a lightly floured surface into a 9-inch round. Transfer the round to an ungreased 9-inch round pan and gently press it to fit evenly. Brush top of the rolled-out dough in the pan all over with about 1/2 of the jam and arrange all of the almond paste slices in one layer on top. 

     

  • Roll out second piece of dough into a 9-inch round and transfer round to the pan, placing it on top of the almond paste. Press gently to fit it in pan and make sure cake is even in thickness. 

     

  • Bake cake on middle shelf of the oven for 18 minutes or until a toothpick, when inserted in the middle, comes out clean. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt remaining jam. When cake comes out of oven run a knife around the edge of the cake to loosen it and let stand for 5 minutes. Invert cake onto a large plate, re-invert it on to a rack and brush top with the warm apricot jam. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. 

     

    Nutrition information per serving: 229 calories; 100 calories from fat; 11 g fat (6 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 34 mg cholesterol; 200 mg sodium; 29 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 11 g sugar; 3 g protein.

     

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