Blog readers, I am in denial. Deep, deep, denial. I’m so in denial that I won’t even admit to being in denial.
The fact of the matter is, that after quite a nice string of culinary successes, I have experienced another kitchen disaster. Taking the form of an innocent coffee cake, this month’s Daring Bakers’ Challenge threw me for a loop. 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. Before you raise your eyebrows and make a really funny-looking face of confusion—much like I did when first reading the name of this recipe—take a look at the picture above. Nothing too crazy, right?
In theory, making a bready, yeasty coffee cake is a relatively simple task. Even adding some shiny meringue in the middle does not come across as rocket science. My downfall in this challenge came in the same form that brought down the heroes of tragedies past—pride. After creating a few successful, yummy recipes on my own, I assumed that I could easily modify this coffee cake into something really cool and wonderfully unique. Branching away from the regular ol’ cinnamon/sugar route (a crucial error), I opted for dark chocolate chips, dried cherries, and orange sugar.
You’re making a sort of sour lemon face at the moment, right? Cause that’s what I’m doing, even in memory. It was a weird decision, brought on by some sudden, strange urge to include orange zest in something—this coffee cake was really just a helpless bystander.
Honestly, throughout the cooking process, I was thoroughly convinced that my flavor choices were fantastic. Now? I don’t know what I was thinking. Chalk it up to temporary psychosis, triggered by a lack of dark chocolate. This coffee cake was a cry for chocolate-y help.
That actually sounds like a pretty good excuse. I think I’ll keep it.
However, the truth is that I really just misjudged what would work with this recipe. Had I followed the instructions and gone with one of the fillings suggested in the information packet, I’m convinced that this coffee cake would’ve been delicious. Just by eating around the unfortunate filling, I can tell you that the bread tastes wonderful, so this may be a recipe that I will have to give a second try.
If you’re interested in learning more about this recipe, maybe giving it a try with a much better filling, etc., etc., check out the info packet from the Daring Bakers.