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Friday, February 13, 2009


We are sentimental fools around here.

Valentine's Day requires candy and hearts and flowers and cards in my house. Commercial? Yes. Forced upon us my the greeting card industry? Absolutely. But I've come to the conclusion that life is short and often dreary, so a little extra celebration in the most difficult part of winter is fun and even necessary.

Every year my husband makes True Love Coffee Cake. His mother made it for him when he was a child, and I imagine his grandmother made it as well. This sweet, moist breakfast bread will warm any heart this February 14th.

Paul's True Love Coffee Cake

1/4 c. warm water
1 c. warm milk
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 melted butter

Add two packets of yeast to this mixture and proof

when cool add:
2 eggs, slightly beaten

1 tsp. salt
4 cups flour

Mix the liquid and dry ingredients together to form a soft dough and let rise one hour. Punch down and form into two parts; rest for 10 minutes. Roll out into rectangles and spread the following mixture over each one:

1/2 c. powdered sugar
a few drops of red food coloring
1/2 soft butter (more if needed)

Roll up each rectangle, cinnamon roll style, then shape each log into a heart. Split tops and let rise another 1/2 hour.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.


Christine said...

my hubby thinks the picture of the cake looks bloody and gory.

he has now ruined true love coffee cake for me! LOL

Aliki2006 said...

LOL--Christine! I have to admit that in that first pic I just couldn't figure out *what* that was, and the pink running down the sides didn't help. But then when I read down your post and saw the slices of the cake in all their pink swirly glory--that changed things for me.

How wonderful!

painted maypole said...


i think we can take commercial things and turn them into lovely traditions. a think taking time to celebrate love in our lives is never a waste

Rita Huffer said...

How so very sweet!

Kelly Myers said...

So it's more like a sweet bread dough than a coffee cake, per se? It's nice that you two both share your love of celebrating every holiday with the kids!