Special enough for company, easy enoughto make any time, serve as a coffee cake or as a dessert.
Recipe: Company Coffeecake
1 (10-ounce) jar maraschino cherries,drained 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup slivered almonds 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 2 (8-ounce) packages refrigerated crescent rolls 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1 teaspoon to 2 milk 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Reserve 8 to 10 maraschino cherries forgarnish; chop remaining cherries. Combine chopped cherries, creamcheese, almonds, sugar and almond extract; mix well.
Unroll each can of crescent roll doughinto 2 large rectangles; press firmly at edges and perforationsto make one large rectangle. Roll or pat into a 15 x 13-inchrectangle.
Spread cream cheese mixture over dough.Roll up dough starting at long side of rectangle. Place seam-sidedown on greased baking sheet. Form into a ring, firmly pressingends together. With scissors or a sharp knife, cut almost throughring at 1-inch intervals. Turn each section slightly on its side.
Bake in a preheated 350°F (175°C)oven 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. If necessary, coverwith foil during the last 5 minutes to prevent over browning.Carefully remove from pan to wire rack.
Combine powdered sugar, milk and almondextract to make a glaze. Drizzle over coffee cake. Garnish withreserved whole cherries. Refrigerate leftovers.
Makes 15 servings.
Recipe and photograph provided courtesyof the Cherry Marketing Institute.
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