Coffee Cake Schedule

A reader has asked: I’m expecting lots of guests over the holidays and would like to serve yeast-risen coffee cake for breakfast, but I don’t want to get up at the crack of dawn to make it. Can you recommend a schedule that would allow me to prepare the dough in the evening and bake it in the morning?

Room Temperature Timing

A reader has asked: I know ingredients for baking should be at room temperature, but I never know how long that will take. How long does it take for an egg or a stick of butter to come to room temperature after you remove it from the refrigerator?