Just a quickie today folks. A simple coffee cake that’s fab to have around for unexpected drop in guests. Or even a gift to a neighbour. I should clarify – a neighbour you LIKE… But no need to reserve this for company only. It’s perfect for a breakfast treat, or after dinner with your choice of hot beverage. Or in the middle of the day or…
in the middle of the night.
With flavours of vanilla, brown sugar and cinnamon in the topping, you can easily add a few extras to make this your own. Try raisins, pecans or walnut pieces. You know, the usual suspects. You could also try shredded coconut, dried apple bits, dates etc.
Hey that middle of the night bit reminds me of that Billie Joel song.. The River of Dreams. Let’s see if we can streuselfy them… go on, sing it to the tune of the song… You know you want to!
In the middle of the night
I do forage in my sleep
From the comfort of my bed
Into the kitchen so deep
I must be looking for something
Some craving I lost
Then saw it and I cried
See this struesel is the bomb
And it’s too good to toss
I will save you the agony and stop there. And I can almost promise to never butcher a Billy Joel song again. But all other artists are still currently fair game!
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (I like dark brown)
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour, sifted
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- pinch of salt
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour, sifted
- 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup melted butter (no substitutes)
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Combine all ingredients for the topping in a small bowl with a fork until crumbly. Set aside. Place in fridge until ready to add to cake.
- Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- In a medium sized bowl, beat eggs, vanilla and sugar together. Add melted butter, then once incorporated add milk. Stir in flour mixture half at a time and mix well.
- Grease an 8 inch cake pan and place a round of parchment paper in the bottom, greasing it as well. Dust with flour and tap out excess.
- Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle topping evenly over the batter.
- Bake in a preheated 375F oven for 35-40 minutes, or until a tester inserted into the middle comes out clean.
- Cool partially in pan on a wire rack. Loosen sides and remove from pan or serve straight from it.
My little monkey even stole a piece… right out of my layout for pics …. so if the shots aren’t up to par, it’s partly because of him. Partly because I was running out of day light. OK… and partly because I couldn’t be troubled to take more lol.