Did you ever have adventures at grandma’s house? When I was a kid, my grandma’s house seemed like a magical place full of mystery and adventure. Going down to the basement was like visiting a 1920s’ speakeasy. Going up to the attic, trying on all those old dresses felt like fashion shopping in France. Piggyback rides on her massive German Shepherd were like riding a grand horse. Playing with the cousins upstairs was top-secret spy business. We usually stayed out of trouble.
There was this one time at my grandma’s house that we tried to stuff me down the laundry chute. All in all, it was a terrible idea. At the time, we thought it was a great idea. And it had to be me to go down the chute because I was the smallest cousin. “Like riding a really exciting slide,” they convinced me. Luckily for me, we got caught in the act of stuffing me in. I probably wouldn’t have survived three flights of a dead drop. But it was exciting. Another adventure at grandma’s house.
Coffee cake screams grandma’s house to me. Fragrant cinnamon and moist crumb cake. Definitely grandma’s house.
This recipe comes from the Joy the Baker Cookbook. A welcome addition to anyone’s recipe library has got to be coffee cake. Any excuse to eat cake for breakfast, right?
Stir together your crumb topping. Set aside for now.
Stir together your yummy cinnamon filling layer. Set aside.
Mix together your butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and eggs.
Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
Prepare your sour cream and milk combo. Whisk ’em real good.
Add the flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the sour cream mixture in 2 additions.
Spread half of the cake batter on the bottom of the pan, and sprinkle evenly with the cinnamon filling layer.
Spread the rest of the cake batter evenly on top of the cinnamon filling layer.
Make a few swirls with a knife.
Top with the crumb topping and bake for 55 to 60 minutes until golden brown and crackly.
Let rest for 20 to 30 minutes before slicing and serving. (more…)