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Scottish Coffee Cake

There is a great German bakery nearby that makes a "Scottish Coffee Cake" that is not at all like what would be considered coffee cake in the U.S. It is very rich and has nuts, coconut, raisins and phyllo all stuck together in some kind of buttery, sugary mass. I googled both "scottish coffee cake" and the ingredients but have not found anything that nails it on the head. Coconut and phyllo are not exactly common ingredients in Scottish baking either so that makes it all the more puzzling. This blogger describes it and posts photos of it here http://nycfoodguy.com/2009/01/26/long...
Is anyone familiar with this, have a recipe or know anything about the origin of this treat?

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  1. See if this comes close enough to get you started ....

    run a Google search for "coconut phyllo raisins"

    when the results page opens, run down the page and click on:

    "A Mediterranean feast: the story of the birth of the celebrated ... - Google Books Result"

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    1. re: todao

      That may be it and, if so, pretty funny. I didn't click on that link because it read Recipe: Umm 'Ali (Egypt) Umm 'Ali (Ali's Mother) and I was looking for "scottish coffee cake" made in a German bakery - WTH?

      1. re: EM23

        Creative license? Or maybe the baker first ate it in Scotland!

        1. re: roxlet

          Most likely, don't think I'd ever seen or even heard of Scottish coffee cake when visiting my Scottish relatives in Scotland! :-D

          1. re: roxlet

            That may be the case. My grandmother's entry in community cookbooks was "Ohio Buns". What made them Ohio? She couldn't remember the name of the woman who gave her the recipe but knew she was from Ohio.

        2. re: todao

          Holy cow, that sounds good. But Scottish?!? nae, bairns.

        3. doubt it is from Scotland, but I'll run it by one of my Scots friends. "Wherrrrrrre's the oats?"

          1. Perhaps the bakery got the recipe from someone Scottish....or a friend of a friend who might once have been to Aberdeen. In spite of Scottish baking probably being the best in the UK, this doesnt feel anything like a traditional dish from here.

            A British coffee cake is going to be a sponge with coffee flavoured icing on top.

            1. Funny thread; coffee cake, not Scottish, never seen "coffee cake" in Scotland, certainly not called by that name; but the recipe is most likely delicious, and I bet a true Scots would not pass it by.

              As buttertart stated, "nay, bairns," and toodie jane, "Wherrrrrrre's the oats?"

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              1. re: bushwickgirl

                Oh, it's delicious alright::-) I guess it may be the baker's original recipe and he named is so for whatever reason. Or, six years from now, someone new on CH will revive this thread with the true recipe back story - now that would be funny.

              2. Whilst not exactly what you're looking for, the traditional Scottish Black Bun would have been the closest:
                http://www.europeancuisines.com/Scotl...

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                1. re: klyeoh

                  That is definitely not the Scottish Coffee Cake but that article reminded me of growing up and my Irish Mom and Aunt making Christmas cakes with the surprises inside - sweet memories...

                2. German Chocolate Cake gets its name from a brand of chocolate at the time of its American creation, rather than the country. I can imagine that a German bakery might name something obtusely as well. Coconut not being a typical ingredient in German recipes, perhaps the bakers got sick of people assuming GCC belongs in their shop and decided to give another of their items an equally incongruous name, as a private joke. Just a guess. I grew up a few towns over from Manhasset, in the 50's/60's. Most of the area's bakeries at the time were German/Jewish. I don't recall ever seeing anything like this, and few if any pastries had coconut.

                  1. "There is a great German bakery nearby that makes a "Scottish Coffee Cake" ... Is anyone familiar with this, have a recipe or know anything about the origin of this treat?"

                    Well ... why not ask the bakery about the name since it is nearby. Please report back.

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                    1. re: rworange

                      Rworange, I have asked several times about the origin over the years but they are not talking. If someone at the bakery does tell in the future I will be sure to post.

                      Thanks everyone. I guess this will just have to remain one of life's great mysteries.