Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

We had a busy and productive start to our April Vacation and I felt like doing a little baking tonight, so I whipped up this super coffee cake after the kids went to bed.  Our day started with Farm Girl going to Story Hour at the library and then the penny auction at her school, where I won a massage and spa basket!!  She had a birthday party to attend and I went grocery shopping, then we all spent time outside moving the sheep over to our smaller barn with bigger pasture.  I spread grass seed in the barnyard where they spent the winter, which is pretty muddy and squishy in the spring.  We're trying rotational grazing with them, so we will move them through the different pastures as they eat down the grass.  Then, after dinner, JP and I set up a larger, gated area in the cellar for the ducklings, as they have quickly outgrown their brooder.

I adapted this great recipe from my Farm Journal Homemade Bread book.  I always thought coffee cakes were supposed to be difficult, but this one is really easy!  It has a delicate cake topped with lots of cinnamon crumbs.  BETTER than any Entemann's!

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Ingredients for cake:
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter (or I substitute some Smart Balance for some of the butter)
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 cup sour cream

Directions for cake:
1. In a large bowl with mixer at medium speed, mix together 1/2 cup butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in eggs well.  Beat in lemon juice and vanilla.
2. Reduce mixer speed to low and mix in dry ingredients alternately with the sour cream.
3. Spread batter evenly into greased 9" x 9" square pan or 10" tube pan.
4. Loosely crumble topping over batter (recipe follows).
5. Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into center.  Cool pan on a wire rack.

Ingredients for crumb topping: 
2 cups flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
3 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup butter (or Smart Balance)

Directions for crumb topping:
1. Using your hand, mix all ingredients until crumbs form and can be pressed into a ball.

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