Swedish Coffee Cake - Just Delightful!

This is just a delightfully light and delicious coffee cake. You could sprinkle some slivered almonds on top before baking as well to add a little texture.  With or without them, this cake is just lovely with a cup of coffee and some friends.  I've made it several times now and every time someone wants the recipe. :) Enjoy! 

Swedish Coffee Cake 

For the Crust:
1 cup all-purpose flour
8 tablespoons cold butter
2 tablespoons cold water 

For the Pâte à Choux:
1 cup water
8 tablespoons butter, soft
1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 eggs

For the Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons butter, soft
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
1 cup flaked or shredded coconut, toasted

Preheat oven to 375.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine flour, butter and water in bowl of mixer until combined well.  Transfer to parchment lined pan and roll out into a roughly ten inch circle.  Set aside. 

Combine water and butter in a saucepan, heat on medium high until butter is completely melted, remove from heat and add vanilla. 

Add flour and combine until blended. Using a wooden spoon, over heat, mix until completely blended together.  Should have a playdough like consistency, smooth and a bit shiny. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.  Place in bowl of mixer.  Add eggs one at a time until combined.  Beat until smooth and the mixture holds together.  Spread over prepared crust, edge to edge.  

Bake for 30 minutes or until it it lightly browned.  Remove and allow to cool completely. 

For the glaze, combine confectioners sugar, melted butter, milk and extract.  Spread over cooled cake, sprinkle on toasted coconut.  

Adapted from Taste of Home.

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