Sunday, February 14, 2016

Cherry Coffee Cake

     I love canned cherry pie filling and if given the chance, will devour it by spoonfuls right out of the can.  Washington's Birthday was just the excuse I needed to make this very tasty Land O'Lakes Cherry Coffee Cake in my dutch oven.  Kind of an old fashioned coffee cake that pairs perfectly with a steaming cup of coffee, crunchy on the top and light and airy in the middle.  In my 12 inch dutch oven the cake baked for 45 minutes with 12 coals in a ring around the base of the oven, 18 placed in a ring around the outside of the lid with 10 spaced evenly in the center.  Drop large spoonfuls of batter on top of the cherry filling then carefully spread with a knife.  For something different, substitute the cherry flavor with any 21 oz can of your favorite pie filling.

Cherry Coffee Cake
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sour cream
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 (21-ounce) can cherry pie filling
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter

     Lightly oil or spray 12 inch dutch oven, line with parchment paper.
     Combine 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup butter in large bowl.
     Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy.
     Add sour cream, eggs and vanilla; continue beating until well mixed.
     Add 2 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; beat at low speed until well mixed.
     Spread half of batter into prepared oven.
     Spoon cherry pie filling over batter.
     Spoon remaining batter over pie filling; spread carefully.
     For topping, stir together 1/4 cup flour, 1/4 cup sugar, pecans and cinnamon in bowl.
     Cut in 3 tablespoons butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
     Sprinkle crumb mixture over batter.
     Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until tester comes out clean and topping is dark golden brown.

Layer pie filling between layers of batter then
sprinkle with topping

Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes

A buttery, classic coffee cake


  1. Yummy great recipe this. Love cherrys. Thanks for sharing


    1. Thanks for your nice comment Simon, hope you like the recipe, Liddy

  2. I love your site and have made several of your recipes (yum!), but I have never baked in a DO before. Would this work in a 10" dutch oven or would it need to be adjusted? Many, many thanks!!

    1. I think you could get away with making this in your 10 inch dutch oven, just keep an eye on it, you may have to remove the center coals about halfway through cooking time to prevent it from browning too quickly. Good luck, let us know how things turn out and thanks for stopping by, Liddy

  3. Any suggestions for winter dutch oven cooking? I live in snowy Utah, and I doesn't appear the weather is letting up any time soon. Any recommendations for dutch oven cooking in the snow? Thanks in advance.

    1. Thanks for stopping by. I cook outside all winter long, even in the snow. I shovel out an area where I place my dutch oven, as long as it's dry and not too cold, I much prefer it to cooking in the heat. The wind can be a problem causing your coals to heat faster and unevenly, sheltering your oven from the wind and rotating the lid should help. Most importantly don't be tempted to set your hot oven or lid in the snow, it could easily crack. I hope you can get out there and do some cooking, there's nothing like a comforting dinner cooked in your dutch oven on a cold winter's day. Liddy