Thursday, 19 July 2007

Old Fashioned Crumb Cake

My fall back easy dessert. It's a crumb cake or also known as a coffee cake. Before I go any further, I have to thank an ex-colleague and his wife who introduced me to this recipe! It's a life saver and yummy! The cake is not too sweet (as everyone seems to want it nowadays), takes only 10 minutes to prepare and about 20-30 minutes to bake.

2 1/2 cups of Flour
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 cup brown Sugar
3/4 cup granulated Sugar
3/4 Oil
1/2 chopped Nuts (e.g. Pecans)
1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon Soda
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Egg lightly beaten
1 cup Buttermilk

Sift together flour, salt and 1.5 teaspoon cinnamon into a huge bowl. Add sugars, oil and mix at medium speed of electric mixer until blended and fluffy. Measure out 3/4 cup of this mixture for topping and add nuts, remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon and nutmeg to it. Add soda, baking powder, egg and buttermilk to remaining flour mixture and stir until smooth. Turn into well greased 9x13 baking pan and level top. Sprinkle with topping and press lightly back with back of a spoon. Bake at 350F or 180C for 30-35 minutes. Note the time will vary depending on the oven. In NY it used to take me the whole 30-35 minutes but in London it takes me about 20-25 minutes. If left in too long, the topping will burn.

If you only want to make a small cake, then just halve the ingredients above. That's what I do most of the time. We often have this plain, warm from the oven or serve with Pralines & Cream or Dulce De Leche ice cream.

Below is a picture of the BIG helping DH took....!


Poonam said...

I am visiting your blog for the first time and the first thing I get to see is the coffee cake!! Delicious! I made a disastrous coffee cake sometime back which is still sitting in the cake box. I must try my hand at this....

M&Ms... said...

This one is simple and wont go wrong :)