Thursday, July 15, 2010

Strawberry Cheesecake Coffee Cake (Treats For Co-Irkers)

I thought it was about time to make a "cawfee" cake for the co-irkers so they'd have something to tawk about while they take their cawfee break in the morning. This cake is really a combination of two desserts because it also has a cheesecake layer nestled in between the coffee cake and fruit layers. (Am I making you feel a little bit verklempt?) Made with whole grains and some Splenda, I've helped you out a bit, but there's nothing that's going to trim that 3/4 cup of buttah off your thighs. Bake and eat at your own discretion and then go tawk amongst yourselves. I'll give you a topic: Rhode Island; It's neither a road, nor an island. Discuss.

Strawberry Cheesecake Coffee Cake

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup brown sugar Splenda (or 1/2 cup brown sugar)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup cold butter cut into 1/2" cubes
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup fat free sour cream
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla, divided
1/2 tsp almond extract
8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup Splenda (or 1/2 cup granulated sugar)
1/2 cup strawberry jam (I used my strawberry freezer jam)
1/2 cup slivered almonds, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 10" springform pan with cooking spray.

In bowl of food processor fitted with metal blade, place the flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar and cinnamon. Pulse to combine. Add cold butter pieces and pulse 8-10 times or until mixture resembles small peas. Remove 1 cup of this mixture to a small bowl and add the chopped slivered almonds. Stir to combine and set aside,

Add the baking powder, baking soda and salt to the food processor and pulse twice to combine with flour mixture.

In another small bowl whisk together one of the eggs, the sour cream, 1/2 tsp of the vanilla and the almond extract. Add mixture to food processor and pulse until mixture comes together into a sticky dough-type batter.

Dump batter into prepared springform pan and spread around evenly on the bottom and about halfway up the sides of the pan.

In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Scrape down the beaters and the bowl and add the Splenda (or sugar) and beat well. Scrape down beaters and bowl again. Add the remaining egg and the other 1/2 tsp of vanilla and beat well to combine.

Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over batter in pan. Dollop jam on top of cream cheese layer and distribute evenly across cream cheese. Sprinkle with reserved flour mixture and almonds.

Place pan in oven and bake for 45-55 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 15-20 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of the pan before removing the springform pan from the coffee cake.

Drizzle cake with powdered sugar mixed with a little bit of water if desired.


Pam said...

I wish I was a co-irker.

Moogie said...

Damn co-irkers. Why do they get all the good stuff? You do know they will drop you for the next cupcake to come along.

Sue Sparks said...

I've never tried Splenda, but ALL of these ingredients are some of my favorites...sour cream, almond, jam, cream cheese! D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!!!

Julie said...

Love the flavors and the fact that you lighten up your recipes! I didn't know there was brown sugar splenda.

Velva said...

Mags, as always, those co-irkers of yours make out like bandits.

Awesome cheesecake/coffee cake!

Linda said...

Can we pretend I am a co-irker and have you ship me a slice? It looks delicious!

Pam said...

Mags, I could be a co-irker for today if you would just pass the plate! This sounds delicious and I'm always glad for a new recipe using Splenda! Thanks!

stephchows said...

please tell me that's how you say coffee and talk... because that is 100% how my mom says them LOL love it!!!

From the Kitchen said...

Where do you work? I want to apply!! This looks delicious. I've never tried Splenda but this is worthy of giving it a try.


Barbara said...

Wow! Those are some really lucky co-irkers, Mags!! This looks marvelous.

Thanks for visiting me...nice to have a new friend! (who also remembers Flip Wilson.)

The Mom Chef said...

I followed you over from your comment on Moogie's potato post because you made me snort Diet Coke and that's a shameful waste of Diet Coke. Love your humor, recipes, photos and blog. Glad I found you.

Grumpy and HoneyB said...

My new boss loves baked goods. His wife was in the office the other day and said she told him she was very worried about having him in the same office as me. Glad it was over baked goods and nothing else! ;-p

Memória said...

Your cheesecake coffee cake looks amazing. I bookmarked this recipe already.

Co Irker said...

"I can die now! Excuse me; I have to go die now!"

Or at least have a good swoon. Honestly, woman, this was soooo delicious. The girls and I definitely had something to talk about this morning and it wasn't Rhode Island.

Three of our favorites - strawberries, cheesecake and coffee cake - well, it was like a small slice (okay, okay, a BIG slice) of heaven.

As always thank you our conscientious, culinary queen.

That's all I have to say - "Talk amongst yourselves."


Amanda said...

I'm with Pam, I wish I was a co-irker!

Jennifer said...

brilliant!!! what a fab way to mix two perfect desserts!

Nanan said...

I think I might have to do this for my husband's co-irkers this week instead of their normal cookies!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Lovely! I'm always impressed that you make everything whole grain... That's justification for having a second slice, right?

Barbara @moderncomfortfood said...

Surely, you're the most popular person in your office and the first in line for any raises on offer? ALL of the good stuff is in this recipe, and I can see it being excellent for dessert too.

Magic of Spice said...

Wow I bet your co-irkers just love you:) This is scrumptious...

Leslie said...

Umm, I'm an accountant...are you hiring?

This looks seriously delicious. I'm so bummed that my co-irkers aren't bringing me a slice of this.

Ms. Meanie said...

Oh no you didn't! Whole grains in a cheese/coffee cake?!!? This is too much temptation for a whole-grain freak like me! Yum.

June said...

Num YUM - gonna have to make me some of this and I'm NOT sharing! Looks flippin' wonderful Mags.

Kevin said...

That coffee cake looks so good!

jesan said...

if you liked this Cheesecake you should try this one
Let me know what you think