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Raspberry Coffee Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze

We hope everyone had a great July 4th, or a great Friday for our international friends! We sure enjoyed ourselves here with lots of great food and great friends.

As the raspberries start coming on at the farm, and in my backyard!, I’ve started looking for more recipes that call for fresh raspberries. This coffee cake gets an A+ for a double helping of raspberries, as you put a couple of big scoops of raspberry jam in the batter and add fresh raspberries half way through the baking. It’s berry goodness! I use the jam in a jiffy freezer jam that I made as my add in because unlike pectin jams this jam doesn’t break down and get watery when baked as a filling or an addition to batter, and we use Ultra Gel to give it a little extra tenderness and hold onto the moisture for the long haul. Not that this made it that long, since we’re down to just one piece left and I only made it yesterday!!!

So give it a try…and keep an eye out here as we go on the search for the best way to make raspberry pie. Baked, fresh, with cream… We’ll make them all and let you decide.

Raspberry coffee cake

Raspberry Coffee Cake

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cups granulated sugar

1/2 cup butter, softened

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2 Tablespoons raspberry freezer jam

2 Tablespoons Ultra Gel

3/4 cup buttermilk (sour milk will work as well if you don’t have buttermilk on hand just add 1 Tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice to 3/4 cup milk and let sit for 2-3 minutes)

4-6 ounces fresh raspberries

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 inch round cake pan.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a small bowl, set aside.

Beat together sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time followed by vanilla, raspberry jam and Ultra Gel.

Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk to creamed mixture beating until just combined after each addition. Do not over beat. We don’t want to form gluten bonds that would make the dough tough. There will still be some lumps once everything is incorporated and that’s okay. If desired you can add 1 tsp lemon or lime zest for a bit of a citrus kick.

Spoon batter into prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes. Gently layer fresh raspberries onto batter and bake for an additional 30-45 minutes until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan. Drizzle with cream cheese glaze and serve warm or cool.

Cream Cheese Glaze

4 ounces light cream cheese (not Fat free, you need a little bit of fat to make this hold together)

2 Tablespoons butter, softened

1 Tablespoon Ultra Gel

1/4 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp vanilla

1 pound powdered sugar

milk as needed to thin

In a stand mixer combine cream cheese, butter, Ultra Gel, salt and vanilla until smooth. Add powdered sugar and enough milk to make a thin icing. This makes a fairly large batch, so I tend to make it the thickness for cake frosting, then remove enough for my coffee cake and thin that additionally.

Using Ultra Gel in Marinades and Rubs

I don’t know about you, but around here we’re firmly in the middle of grilling season. I love this time of year when we start seeing wonderful fresh vegetables and have a chance to move the cooking outside and keep my kitchen cool!

One of the things I hear from people a lot when it comes to grilling is questions about improving marinades and rubs that can be used on various meats and veggies before putting them to the heat. This is another one of those odd places where Ultra Gel rides to the rescue, let me explain.

Marinades. A marinade is a sauce usually containing oil, an acid, spice and herbs that meat or large pieces of fruit or vegetable are soaked in before cooking. There are two big keys to a great marinade. The first is the balance of flavors, enough acid, enough oil and the right herbs and spices. The second is getting as much contact with the food as possible. This is where Ultra Gel and good ziptop bags come in. Adding a little Ultra Gel, about 1 Tbl per cup of marinade, thickens the marinade just a little and creates an emulsification which holds the spices in solution instead of just having them drop to the bottom of the bag. This thickness and emulsification helps to make the marinade stick to the meat or veg and gives you superior flavor and results! Give it a try with your favorite mix. You can even just add a little Ultra Gel to a store purchased marinade.

Rubs. A rub is a combination of salt, spices and dried herbs which is applied to meats and vegetables before grilling. Sometimes the dish is allowed to sit after receiving the rub as the salt helps to get enzymes in the meat going, sometimes it’s a sprinkle and grill thing. This is another place where Ultra Gel steps in to keep your rub from clumping, naturally, and to keep the rub sticking to the surface of your meat or veg enhancing the flavors. I use about 1 tsp of Ultra Gel per cup of rub and just stir it in well.

One other suggestion when it comes to your grilling. Take a look at Cornaby’s Cooking Sauces! Available in Raspberry Jalapeno, Raspberry Chipotle and Peach Habenero these sauce are great as part of a marinade, as a basting sauce, or a pour on after your meal has left the grill. As well serve up any of these sauces over a block of cream cheese with chips or crackers and you’ve got a party with pop!

So what grilling is happening at your house?  Inquiring minds want to know!

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