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Daring Bakers March: Meringue Coffee Cake

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.

Barely made it. I’m posting this the morning of the 27th while making spelt pancakes and coffee.

Since March has been a ridiculous month, I split this up over two days. I made the brioche dough one day, stuck in the fridge to rise until the next day. Then I continued with the recipe and rolled it out the next day. I had been so short of time that I used what was in my pantry to stuff it. I still had a few disks of El Rey dark chocolate. I ran to the corner market and got a little package of black walnuts. I even bought them chopped because I just couldn’t deal with it. I omitted the extra sugar and cinnamon in the filling and put the cinnamon in the dough instead. The egg whites beat quickly (I had them leftover from some other project) and I rolled the whole thing. It came together easily enough.

When still unbaked, it looked a lot like the pictures on Daring Bakers, but when I baked it, it imploded on itself so instead of a ring, it became a disk. The meringue leaked a little but less than I feared. I left it to cool overnight and then sliced it in the morning and packed it away in a tupperware container and took it to work where it was warmly received and devoured.

I had never made brioche before and I think that was the perk of this recipe. I have finally made a brioche-like dough. I may attempt the full thing at some point in our near future.

I’m unlikely to complete the April challenge since I’ll be away for vacation and then there’s Easter. Have to make that gallette du rois!

Now, back to those pancakes…

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