Butterscotch Spiral Coffee Cake Recipe


Butterscotch Spiral Coffee Cake

makes one 9-inch round cake
For the Dough
  • 2 1/2 to 2 3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup (2-ounces) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 extra large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the Butterscotch Glaze
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (2-ounces) unsalted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Scotch whisky
For the Cinnamon-Butter Filling
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons (1-ounce) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup butterscotch chips, chopped
For the Dough
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the 2 cups of flour, sugar, yeast, salt, cardamom, nutmeg, and cinnamon.  In a small saucepan over low heat, heat the milk and butter just until the butter melts.  Add the water and set aside until warm (120º F-130º F), about 1 minute.  Pour the milk mixture over the flour mixture and mix on low speed until combined.  Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after addition.  Add the vanilla. Add 1/2 cup more flour and continue to mix on low speed until smooth, about 30-45 seconds.  Add 2 tablespoons of additional flour and mix on medium speed until the dough is smooth, but slightly sticky.  Sprinkle the works surface with 1 tablespoon of flour, and center the dough on the flour.  Knead the dough gently until it is smooth and no longer sticky, adding an additional 1 to 2 tablespoons of flour if needed.  Place the dough in a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap.  Let the dough rise in a warm, draft free place until it has doubled in bulk, about 45-60 minutes.
For the Butterscotch Glaze
Meanwhile, lightly coat a 9 x 2-inch round cake pan with non-stick spray.  In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the sugar, butter, and corn syrup and heat until the butter is completely melted.  Remove from the heat and stir in the Scotch whisky.  Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and tilt the pan to cover the bottom evenly; set aside.
For the Cinnamon-Butter Filling
In a small bowl, stir together the butter and cinnamon.
Center a rack in the oven and preheat to 350º F. Gently de-gas the dough by pressing lightly.  On a lightly floured work surface, roll the dough into a 16 x 12-inch rectangle.  Using a pastry brush, spread the cinnamon-butter evenly over the dough.  Sprinkle the dough with the chopped chips.  Cut the dough into six 2-inch wide strips.  Loosely (so the dough has some give as it expands in the oven) roll up one strip and place it in the center of the prepared pan on top of the glaze.  One at a time, coil the remaining dough strips around the center strip (cinnamon-butter side facing towards the inside), starting each strip at the end of the previous one to make a single large spiral.  Loosely cover the pan with plastic wrap and let the cake rise in a warm, draft free place until it is almost doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
Bake the cake until the top is deep golden brown, about 35 minutes.  Check after 20 minutes to make sure the top is not browning too fast.  If so, cover the top loosely with a sheet of aluminum foil for the last 10-15 minutes to prevent over browning.  Transfer to a wire rack (remove the foil if used) and let cool for 10 minutes.
Gently tilt the pan and tap the side on a counter to release the sides of the cake.  Invert a serving platter on top of the cake, then invert the pan and the plate.  Leave the pan on the cake for 1 minute so the glaze transfers to the cake, then gently lift off the pan.  Using a rubber spatula, scrape out any glaze remaining in the pan and spread it over the warm surface of the coffee cake.  Serve the cake warm or at room temperature cut into wedges using a serrated knife.  Although best eaten the day it is baked, the coffee cake can be made the night before, left to cool completely in the pan and covered tightly with plastic wrap.  To reheat, remove the plastic wrap and reheat in the oven to liquefy the glaze again.  Enjoy!

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