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Chocolate Almond Coffeecake

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Chocolate Almond Coffeecake

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Chocolate and almond perform a beautiful duet as fillings for this yeast-raised coffeecake, which tastes every bit as good as it looks. It’s not difficult to make; just take things step by step. You can follow along as we make it, start to finish, on the how2heroes video.

At a glance

Prep
Bake
Total
Yield
20 slices

Nutrition information

Ingredients

Dough

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons Baker’s Special Dry Milk or nonfat dry milk
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk (save the white)
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 3/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast

Almond Filling

  • 2/3 cup almond paste
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg white (reserved from the dough ingredients)

Chocolate Filling

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Streusel

  • 1/2 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds

Dough

  • 4 ounces water
  • 3/4 ounce Baker’s Special Dry Milk or nonfat dry milk
  • 1 3/4 ounces granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 ounces unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk (save the white)
  • 2 1/2 ounces whole wheat pastry flour
  • 7 1/2 ounces King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast

Almond Filling

  • 6 ounces almond paste
  • 1 1/4 ounces granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg white (reserved from the dough ingredients)

Chocolate Filling

  • 3/8 ounce unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 7/8 ounce granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 ounces heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

Streusel

  • 2 1/8 ounces King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 7/8 ounces dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 ounces (1/2 stick) butter, soft
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 ounce chopped almonds

Dough

  • 113g water
  • 21g Baker’s Special Dry Milk or nonfat dry milk
  • 50g granulated sugar
  • 43g unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk (save the white)
  • 71g whole wheat pastry flour
  • 213g King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast

Almond Filling

  • 170g almond paste
  • 35g granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg white (reserved from the dough ingredients)

Chocolate Filling

  • 11g unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 25g granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 43g heavy cream
  • 43g semisweet chocolate chips

Streusel

  • 60g King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 53g dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 57g (1/2 stick) butter, soft
  • 85g semisweet chocolate chips
  • 28g chopped almonds

Instructions

  1. For the dough: Mix and knead together all of the dough ingredients, by hand, mixer, or with the dough cycle of your bread machine. The dough will be very soft and smooth. Allow the dough to rise, covered, for 1 hour, or have the bread machine complete its cycle. While the dough is rising, make the streusel toppings and fillings, and set them aside.
  2. For the almond filling: Crumble the almond paste into a medium bowl. Add the sugar and mix until the paste smooths out; add the egg white and mix until you have a lump-free, spreadable filling. Cover and set aside.
  3. For the chocolate filling: Combine the cocoa, sugar and cinnamon in a medium blow. Heat the cream until simmering over medium heat on the stove or in the microwave. Pour the hot cream over the cocoa mixture, stirring until the mixture is smooth. Add the chocolate chips and stir until melted; reheat again over low heat as necessary. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  4. To assemble the coffee cake: Gently deflate the risen dough and divide it in half. Roll one half in to a 10″ x 15″ rectangle and spread with the chocolate filling, leaving a 1/2″ border on one long side. Brush this edge with a little water. Roll up the dough from the opposite long side, pinching the dough together to seal the edge well. Set this log aside. Repeat with the second piece of dough, using the almond filling this time.Now cut both longs in half lengthwise; a large pizza cutter is handy for this task. Turn the cut sides up, so the filling stays put. Take one almond and one chocolate piece, and pinch them together well at the top, keeping the cut sides up. Gently place one over the other, making a two-stranded braid, keeping the cut side up as much as possible. Join the ends of the remaining two logs to the ends of the first, and continue weaving until all of the dough is used.
  5. For the streusel: Mix together the flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Cut in the butter until the mixture forms large crumbs. Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts; set aside.
  6. Last rise and bake: Grease a 10-inch springform pan. Place the braid into the pan, starting at the outside edge, and winding around to fill in the center. Sprinkle the top with streusel, cover the pan, and let rise for about 30 to 45 minutes, until puffy-looking.While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 325°F. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until a pick placed into the center of the dough comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool on a rack in the pan for 15 minutes. Run a plastic knife or thin-bladed spatula around the edge of the cake, then pop open the springform. Transfer the cake to a rack to finish cooling before slicing.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size1 slice, 56g
  • Servings Per Batch20
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories206
  • Calories from Fat78
  • Total Fat9g
  • Saturated Fat3g
  • Trans Fat0g
  • Cholesterol20mg
  • Sodium68mg
  • Total Carbohydrate29g
  • Dietary Fiber1g
  • Sugars15g
  • Protein4g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.

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