Cream Puff Coffeecake makes fine breakfast treat

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September 02, 1998|By Ellen Hawks | Ellen Hawks,SUN STAFF

A Cream Puff Coffeecake was the request of Ernest A. Ling of Johnstown, Pa. Tester Laura Reiley chose the response of Ruth hTC W. Barsanti of Crystal Lake, Ill., who noted that her recipe was from Betty Crocker. Similar responses included those from Sarah Keith of Barnesboro, Pa., Janet I. Kingsley of Harvard, Ill., and Darlene Wissinger of South Fork, Pa.

Barsanti's Cream Puff Coffeecake

Serves 12

2 cups sifted flour

1 cup (2 sticks) butter

2 tablespoons water plus 1 cup

1 teaspoon almond extract

3 eggs

confectioners' sugar icing (see instructions below)

chopped nuts

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Measure 1 cup of sifted flour into a bowl. Cut in 1/2 cup butter. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons water and mix with fork. Round into a ball and divide in half. Pat dough with hands into 2 long strips. Place strips 3 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet.

Mix remaining 1/2 cup of butter in saucepan with 1 cup of water. Bring to a rolling boil. Add almond extract and remove from heat. Stir in remaining cup of flour immediately to keep it from lumping. When flour is smooth and thick, add 1 egg at a time, beating until smooth. Divide mixture in half and spread one half evenly over each piece of pastry. Bake about 60 minutes, until topping is crisp and nicely browned. Frost with a confectioners' sugar icing and sprinkle with chopped nuts.

Tester Reiley's comments: "This turns out to be a very buttery Danish pastry, lovely as a breakfast treat or with coffee. The cream puff pastry topping puffs up and browns. It has a tender, softer center. I chose to drizzle it with chopped walnuts and an icing of 2 cups confectioners' sugar, 2 tablespoons butter, a teaspoon of almond extract, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, and enough milk to make a thin icing. I cut the finished pastry in slices on the bias and served them warm."

Recipe requests

* Pearl F. Lewison of Beresford, S.D., wants a prune pie recipe. "A friend said his mother made a prune pie and asked if I could make one," she said.

* Mrs. E. Tallant of Fayetteville, N.C., wants to know if anyone has a recipe for old-fashioned mincemeat pie. "My husband hasn't had one since he was a teen-ager, and his grandmother made the pies. Also, does someone have a recipe for a cake called Cowboy Crumb Cake? It was in a green, thick book used by the Lenape High School in New Jersey. It was fabulous and I'd really like to have it again."

If you are looking for a recipe or can answer a request for a hard-to-find recipe, write to Ellen Hawks, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278. If you send in more than one recipe, please put each on a separate sheet of paper with your name, address and daytime phone number. Important: Please list the ingredients in order of use, and note the number of servings each recipe makes. Letters may be edited for clarity.

Pub Date: 9/02/98

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