Let's face it—brunch is a meal designed to further the consumption of alcohol. And even if a simple coffee cake and a pot of coffee is all you have to offer, then by all means flavor it with a few drops of booze.
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Moravian Sugar Cake is a traditional Easter breakfast, though fluffy and sweet coffee cake is always in season. The secret to this warm, yeasty bread's lightness is the addition of mashed potatoes.
Those little cellophane-wrapped Drake's cakes were always my favorite before going gluten-free. Unlike most coffee cakes, which have a dense, heavy crumb, Drake's is light; the texture similar to a moist sponge cake. And that delicate texture proved the hardest part of creating this gluten-free version. But eventually, they came out just right.
For a recent private party held at the new restaurant where I'm pastry chef, I was asked to make some sort of special little package of goodness for each guest to take home after the party. Because it was to...