I promised this recipe to some friends, and since I have some time, I will post it here. Back in 1976, I worked in the Business Office as Accounts Payable Clerk at Gordon College. The Payroll Clerk brought in a coffee cake one day, and it has been a stand-by favorite for me since that time . . . 34 years ago. It's a never-fail recipe that is quick, easy, and delicious, and is especially good for company or to give as gift . . . when you'd like to serve something that looks fancy (looks like a braid without the braiding) but doesn't take lots of time.
Cream Cheese Coffee Cake (can be doubled, tripled, quadrupled, etc.)
2c Jiffy Mix Biscuit Mix (or Bisquick or Store Brand . . . NOT Pancake mix)
4 Tbls margarine/butter
3 Tbls cream cheese
Cut together until crumbly. Add:
1/3 c milk
Blend until dough is sticky (will look lumpy) and turn out onto floured board and knead 8 - 10 times.
Shape dough into a rectangular box shape.
Place dough on sheet of waxed paper (coated with flour) and roll out into a 8 x 10 inch rectangle.
Place cookie sheet over dough and slide arm under the waxed paper and flip the dough onto the cookie sheet. Peel paper off carefully.
Spread 1/3 c (I always use more) jam, cooked apples, pie filling, or whatever you like, lengthwise down the center of the dough.
About an inch from either side of the filling, make diagonal cuts, 1/2 " apart all the way to the edge, down the full length of the dough.
Fold one end of the dough over the filling and then alternately fold the cuts over the dough. The ends of the cuts should overlap. Save the last couple of cuts and fold the end of the dough up over the filling . . . and then fold the last two cuts over that. This should seal the filling inside during cooking.
Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until browned.
Mix 1 c confectioner's sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla, and a couple tsps milk and drizzle over the hot cake.
Best when served warm.
As an alternative, this recipe could be made into a main dish by filling the dough with cheese, chopped ham, onions, spinach or broccoli . . . or even made into a type of calzone with cheese, pepperoni, and topped with sauce . . . and sprinkled with shredded cheese instead of icing . . .
or fill it with melted chocolate, marshmallows, and caramel!
All kinds of possibilities! Enjoy!