Black Forest Coffee Cake

Just imagine how time flies! It's already end of November and X'mas is just a couple of weeks away. Xmas is always an exciting festive season. Though I'm not celebrating it, I love the festive mood so very much. It always a joy listening to those X'mas songs, while I enjoyed playing with my bread dough. I am actually making some coffee cake for the weekend. It's great to have something warm & fresh from oven during the weekend when everyone is home. I'm not sure if anyone of you know why it is called a cake and not a bread eventhough it looks like a bread. Well, coffee cake is actually meaning bread or cake that is flavoured with sweet frosting, cinnamon, fruits or nuts topping, and it is served during tea time. So, got it! :o)

Ingredients for bread dough :
4 tspn   yeast
3 tbsp   sugar
1/2 cup   warmed water
1/2 cup   thick cream
3/4 cup   milk
113gm   butter, softened
5-1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tspn  baking powder
2 tspn   salt

Fillings :
1 bottle of black cherry jam
4 cups  chocolate cake, cut into chunks
2 cups  dark chocolate, chopped

# 1 cup  almond sliced
    1 egg, beaten for egg glazing

Method :
(1) combine sugar, yeast & water and set aside for 10 mins.
(2) in another mixing bowl, combine all the remaining ingredients and then stir in yeast mixture till nicely combined to foam a soft dough.
(3) next, place dough onto a slightly floured working table and knead till smooth (for about 5 mins).
(4) then divide dough into 4 portion, roll dough flat for about 9x12". Spread on jam for base then top with chocolate cake & chopped chocolate.
(5) further braiding instructions, please follow here.
(6) once completed, let them rest for an hour.
(7) when ready, brush on egg glazing and then top with sliced almond.
(8) finally, bake at preheated oven 190'C for about 20 mins or till nicely brown.

I'm actually using some of the leftover chocolate cake from my previous baked on this recipe. It's always wonder to make such full utilized of the leftover food. Hope you guys will love it too. Have fun!
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