Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake
I found this recipe in my Williams-Sonoma Essentials of Baking cookbook. It was so easy to follow, I made it twice in the same day! One coffee cake stayed at home and lots of mini coffee cakes were given out.
Happy baking, hon.
For the Streusel Filling:
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/3 cup (2 1/2 oz/75 g) firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup (3 oz/90 g) chopped pecans or walnuts, toasted
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
For the Batter:
2 1/2 cups (12 1/2 oz/390 g) all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (6 oz/185 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cups (10 oz/315 g) granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups (12 oz/375 g) sour cream
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour a 10-inch (25 cm) tube pan or Bundt pan.
2. To make the streusel filling, in a small bowl, combine butter, flour, brown sugar, nuts, and cinnamon. Using a pastry blender or fork, mix until crumbly. Set streusel aside.
3. Stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
4. In a large bowl, with a mixer, beat together butter and granulated sugar on medium-low speed until creamy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Stir in vanilla. Add dry ingredients in 3 batches alternately with sour cream and mix on low speed just until batter is blended and almost smooth.
5. Pour half of the batter into prepared pan and smooth surface with a rubber spatula. Sprinkle evenly with half the streusel filling. Cover with remaining batter and sprinkle with remaining streusel.
6. Bake until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 40-45 minutes. (Cook less time if you make smaller coffee cakes. The small cakes I made were done in about 25 minutes.) Transfer to a wire rack and let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out of pan and let cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.
Tip: For cakes, butter and eggs should be room temperature. They can be taken out about 2 hours before baking. If you cut the butter into small chunks it will warm up faster. To bring eggs to room temp more quickly, place them in a bowl of warm water.
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