Monday, June 6, 2011

Cinnamon-Streusel Coffee Cake - 100th Post!!!!

So who doesn't like coffee cake or a breakfast pastry now and then??? Well when I found this recipe I couldn't wait to make it, luckily I found it right before Nicole's pot-luck brunch. I have to tell you Martha Stewart really knows what she is talking about, this cake was amazing and a great recipe for my 100th post!!!! It will be a real crowd pleaser any where you serve it. I followed the recipe almost exactly, I just used extra butter when greasing the cake pan. In the end I was really glad I did because it wasn't entirely easy to get out of the pan. Besides that there wasn't anything difficult about this recipe and was relatively quick too. If you served it as a desert I can only imagine what it would taste like with a little scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Martha Stewart Living
Serves 12


For the streusel topping and center:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Coarse salt
1 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped toasted pecans

For the cake:
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Coarse salt
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream

For the glaze:
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons whole milk

1. Make the streusel topping: Mix together flour, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon salt. Cut in butter using a pastry cutter or rub in with your fingers until small to medium clumps form. Mix in 1/2 cups pecans. Refrigerate until ready to use.

2. Make the streusel center: Mix together remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 cup pecans.

3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make the cake: Butter a 9-inch tube pan with removable bottom. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt into a bowl.

4. Beat butter and granulated sugar with a mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, then vanilla. Beat in flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with sour cream, beginning and ending with flour. Continue to beat until well combined.

5. Spoon half the batter into pan. Sprinkle streusel center mixture evenly over batter. Top with remaining batter, and spread evenly using an offset spatula. Sprinkle streusel topping mixture evenly over batter.

6. Bake until cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack, and let cool completely. Remove cake from pan, and transfer to parchment.

7. Make the glaze: Mix together confectioners' sugar and milk. Drizzle over cake, and let drip down sides. Let set for 5 minutes before serving.

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