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Sour Cream Coffee Cake

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I love coffee cake. I just do. More than just the perfectly crumb cake with a bountiful streusel topping, the cake signifies relationships. Impromptu gatherings or just meaningful conversations take place around these cakes. Usually accompanied by copious cups of coffee or tea, conversations abound with coffee cakes. And, this cake is a classic – simple to make and yields a bakery-like presentation.

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In addition to the decadence of having two layers of streusel, the cake, when cut, is a stunner. The sour cream is a wonderful addition to keep the cake from drying out without making it too heavy.

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And, when you’re with good company, the last thing you need is a fussy cake.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

adapted from Ina Garten

Ingredients:

Cake:

  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups sour cream
  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

Streusel:

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional

Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons real maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment for 4 to 5 minutes, until light. Add the eggs 1 at a time, then add the vanilla and sour cream. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture to the batter until just combined. Finish stirring with a spatula to be sure the batter is completely mixed.
  3. For the streusel, place the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and butter in a bowl and pinch together with your fingers until it forms a crumble. Mix in the walnuts, if desired.
  4. Spoon half the batter into the pan and spread it out with a knife. Sprinkle with half of the streusel. Spoon the rest of the batter in the pan, spread it out, and scatter the remaining streusel on top. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean.
  5. Let cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes. Carefully transfer the cake, streusel side up, onto a serving plate. Whisk the confectioners’ sugar and maple syrup together, adding a few drops of water if necessary, to make the glaze runny. Drizzle as much as you like over the cake with a fork.
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Banana Muffins with Cinnamon Sugar Streusel

We recently visited Binks’ cousin’s son.  She had him less than a month after I delivered.  However, we wanted to wait a good amount of time as she was recovering from a C-Section, her entire family (including her parents) were recovering from the flu (yes, with the newborn there), and her baby developed a sinus infection.  That and scheduling issues allowed us to visit him when he was a little older than one month.

And I was not going to go empty handed.  I made one of my favorite muffins.  These bakery-style muffins are adored by everyone in my family and I was 90% sure that she would enjoy it as well.  I was right.  Perfectly moist and full of banana flavor, the muffins also come with a beautiful crumbly cinnamon-y topping.  A beautiful presentation with very little effort.  The recipe allows you to gather ingredients you likely have in your pantry with some very ripe bananas.  If you’re at all like me, you have very ripe bananas at least once a month.

Banana Muffins with Cinnamon Sugar Streusel
adapted from Allrecipes

Ingredients:

For the muffins:

  •  2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 medium-size very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
For the streusel topping:
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp butter

Directions:

  1.  Preheat oven to 375F.  Line 12 muffin cups with liners.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  In another bowl, beat the bananas, vanilla, brown sugar, egg, and melted butter until everything is incorporated.  Mix the wet mixture into the dry until everything is wet and fully mixed.  You do not want to over-mix.
  3. Using an ice cream scoop or spoon, spoon the batter into the muffin liners.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the streusel topping until it resembles coarse bread crumbs.  Sprinkle liberally over all of the muffins.  You should have enough to have a good amount on each muffin.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 19-20 minutes, until it passes the toothpick test.

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