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Feeding the kids: Strawberry cream brunch cake

The Strawberry cream brunch cake can be found

The Strawberry cream brunch cake can be found in "The Big Book of Bread" (Betty Crocker; $19.99). Credit: Betty Crocker

In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a delicious cake, perfect for a Sunday brunch or a sweet dessert. I found the recipe in “The Big Book of Bread" (Betty Crocker; $19.99).

Strawberry Cream Brunch Cake
(Makes 16 servings)

(For filling)
- 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 egg
(For cake)
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup cold butter
-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup strawberry or raspberry preserves
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom and side of 10-inch springform pan or 11×7-inch (2-quart) glass baking dish with shortening; lightly flour.

2. In small bowl, mix all filling ingredients until smooth; set aside.

3. In large bowl, mix 2¼ cups flour and ¾ cup sugar. Cut in butter, using pastry blender or fork, until mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Reserve 1 cup of the crumb mixture. Stir baking powder, baking soda, salt, sour cream, almond extract and egg into remaining crumb mixture. Spread batter over bottom and 2 inches up side (about ¼ inch thick) of pan

4. Pour filling over batter. Carefully spoon preserves evenly over filling. Mix almonds and reserved crumb mixture; sprinkle over preserves.

5. Bake springform pan 50 to 60 minutes, 11×7-inch dish for 35 to 45 minutes, or until filling is set and crust is deep golden brown. Cool 15 minutes; remove side of springform pan. Serve warm or cool. Store covered in refrigerator.

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