Friday, March 6, 2009

Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

I love going to the library. I was a 'library kid' growing up. I worked in the library when I was in high school. One of my first jobs out of high school was working in a public library in Jefferson City, Missouri. I love the smell of books and love going in used book stores too. As exciting as the electronic world is and as awesome as the Kindle sounds, I still think I'd prefer to have a real book to turn the pages and enjoy. When I go to the library I usually get a book on CD to have in my car, see what new books have come in, and also check out a cookbook. This past week's cookbook I checked out was The Best of Country Cooking published by Reiman (who do Taste of Home magazine -- one of my favorites). This recipe looked good so I gave it a try. I took it over to a friend's house who didn't mind that I had taken a piece out for the photo.


2-1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sour cream
1 egg
1 teaspoon almond extract (I used vanilla)

1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup raspberry jam

1/2 cup sliced almonds added to reserved crumb mixture

Combine flour and sugar, cut in the butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Remove 1 cup crumbs for topping. To remaining crumb mixture add baking powder, soda, salt, sour cream, egg, and almond or vanilla extract. Blend well. (This will be like a moist pie dough). Spread batter over bottom and 2 inches up the sides of a greased and floured 9 inch springform pan. For filling, combine cream cheese, sugar and egg. Blend well. Pour over batter in pan. Carefully spoon jam over cream cheese filling. Combine reserved 1 cup of crumb mixture with 1/2 cup slivered almonds. Bake at 350 for about 55-60 minutes or until cream cheese filling is set and crust is a deep golden brown. Cool 15 minutes. Remove sides of pan. Refrigerate leftovers.


Katy said...

Just lookey at all the wonderful and delicious goodies you have here! My eyes were popping out of my head and although I've just eaten, I was wanting to sample some of your baked goods!

Lovely blog. I shall visit often. I don't want to miss a treat!

Anj said...

Thanks so much for dropping by with a comment, Katy. It's nice to 'meet' you.

Barbara Bakes said...

I enjoyed visiting your blog this morning. This looks sinfully delicious! I don't think to get cookbooks from the library - great idea!

Abby said...

Ditto - I've heard the Kindle is awesome, and I can see it being great on a plane or vacation, but overall I'm a book gal, too! (Same thing with CDs ... the thought of all digital music files makes me sad!) That cake looks beautiful AND tasty!

Also - TAG! (Just a cute bit of photo fun. I linked to you on my personal blog!)

Bellini Valli said...

How did you kinow I was vraving something with raspberries. I have maybe 6 little raspberries in my freezer so I had better get to the store.

Sophie said...

Wow! I like how dense that coffee cake is :)!

Anonymous said...

Dearest GCG,
I didn't know what it is a Kindle. Now I do.