Friday, February 19, 2010
If it seems too good to be true....
What a disappointment.
Not only did the rising take twice as long as the recipe said, negating the appeal of "double quick," but worse, the finished product was simply strange.
First of all, what the heck is "coffee bread?" I came to realize (too late) that it's basically a bread that gets its sweetness from one of the "variation" toppings. But there was no synergy between the sweet topping (I made the butterscotch pecan variation) and the plain bread. A sweet topping on bread can certainly be sublime; there's nothing lovelier than a fresh baguette spread with raspberry jam.
There were other problems. Most of the "upside down" topping stuck to the bottom of the pan, giving me the messy and time-consuming task of peeling the pecans one-by-one from the pan and transferring them to their rightful place atop the bread.
It's no wonder that this recipe, probably invented in some Gold Medal test kitchen, didn't survive the 1950s. (Of course, DH still enjoyed his piece!)
Here's the recipe (not that I'd recommend making it, though).