Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Nothing Crumby About It! This Crumb Cake was Yummy


So this is it...my first post.  I have to admit I am a little nervous and also VERY excited.  I can't wait to share what I cook on a weekly basis.  Most of the time I'm not even quite sure why I decide to cook or bake something, maybe this blog will give me a chance to find out.  Yesterday I got home from work and I was on a mission and when that happens everyone in the house knows to just let her do what she wants to do:)  Earlier that day I decided I would make Crumb Cake.  I have never made or eaten crumb cake before so I'm not sure how close to the real thing I got but I thought it tasted pretty good. 

Since there are only two of us at home I share everything I bake no matter how delicious it may be.  We try and stay active but I get my bake on about once a week, I don't think anyone's waistline can handle that.

My recipes usually comes from magazines or the web and if I am lucky enough from a family secret.  I make every recipe my own often with variations in ingredients, instructions and cooking methods.

This recipe was very different from what I am used to but turned out great.  The cake was more of a sticky dough before I put it in the pan so I had my doubts.  It worked out well and had a great flavour and texture.  I might try using the cake part of the recipe for a Birthday cake in the future.

Streusel:
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
Cake:
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
To Make the Streusel:
  1. Melt the butter in a smallsaucepan, set aside.
  2. Whisk the sugars, cinnamon, salt and butter in a medium bowl.
  3. Stir flour into mixture with a spoon until dough forms.
  4. Set aside to cool to room temperature, continue with the cake.
To Make the Cake:
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour an 8 inch square baking pan, set aside.
  3. Mix flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt on low speed in a stand mixer with paddle attachment or hand mixer.
  4. Cut butter into 10 pieces and add one at a time with mixer running. Continue beating until mixture resembles moist crumbs.
  5. Add egg, yolk, vanilla, and buttermilk and beat until light and fluffy.
  6. Transfer batter to baking pan and spread evenly. You will think that there is not enough batter but do your best to spread it around the pan evenly, I promise it will work out.
  7. Break apart topping dough into pea-sized pieces and distribute evenly over the cake dough. Do not press into the dough.
  8. Bake 30-35 minutes.
  9. Cool on a rack at least 30 minutes.
Everyone that tried the Crumb Cake said they like it.  The most surprising review was from a three year old boy who ate two pieces.  I enjoyed the cake, especialy with a delicious latte to go with it.
Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Sounds yummy! Can't wait to try it (maybe just a fork or two)?

    Bob C.

    ReplyDelete

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