Recipe for Coconut Praline Coffee Cake


    Coconut Praline Coffee Cake

    Source: The Creole Cookbook - Oxmoor House 1976

    2/3 cup evaporated milk
    3/4 cup granulated sugar
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    2 eggs
    3/4 cup soft butter
    Sifted all-purpose flour
    2 packages dry yeast
    1/2 cup warm water
    2/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
    2/3 cup flaked coconut
    Praline Frosting

    Place the evaporated milk, sugar, salt and eggs in large bowl of electric mixer and beat until mixed. Add 1/2 cup butter and 2 cups flour and beat with mixer until smooth.

    Dissolve the yeast in warm water. Add with 1 cup flour to the milk mixture and beat at medium speed for 3 minutes. Stir in 2 cups flour and cover. Let rise for about 1 hour and 30 minutes or until doubled in bulk.

    Punch down. Turn out onto a well-floured pastry cloth or board and knead lightly. Roll out into a 10 x 15-inch rectangle.

    Mix remaining butter, brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and coconut and spread on the dough. Roll from long side as for a jellyroll and place, seam side down, in a greased 10-inch tube pan. Press ends together to seal, then cover. Let rise for about 1 hours or until doubled in bulk.

    Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes and remove from pan. Frost with Praline Frosting while warm. Decorate with pecan halves, if desired.

    Praline Frosting
    1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
    2 tablespoons evaporated milk
    2 tablespoons melted butter
    1 cup unsifted confectioners' sugar

    Combine the brown sugar, evaporated milk and butter in a bowl. Add the confectioners' sugar and beat until smooth.