Monday, December 17, 2012

Coffee Cake

The countdown has begun... Christmas is almost here. The company parties are done, the presents are bought and wrapped and it's just a few days until we head down to STL in the Honda family sleigh. And of course, the holiday movies.

"Grace? She died 30 years ago." 
"They want you to say the grace... the BLESSING."
"Oh... I pledge allegiance to the flag..."

Because in my book it's not Christmas until you watch Family Vacation and quote it for days afterward. But let's get back to real Graces.

My Aunt Grace's coffee cake is a great option for Christmas morning fare. It's easy enough to take on in the morning, but tasty and impressive enough for relatives and guests alike. Let's all just hope Cousin Eddie doesn't show up at your place.

Cold butter is the base of a crumbly topping and cake.

A quick buzz in the food processor makes the dry ingredients and butter come together in a crumbly mix. You'll reserve one cup for your topping.

The batter will be lumpy since you started with cold butter, but it wall make for a deliciously moist final cake. Top with the reserved crumble topping and in to the oven. Maybe open a present or two? Or maybe enjoy a mimosa or two! It's a holiday after all.

Serve warm, survey all of your lovely prezzies, remind yourself of your blessings and strategize how to politely ask for a gift receipt.

Coffee Cake
1 stick butter, cold and cut into cubes
2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/2 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 and grease and flour a loaf pan. Combine dry ingredients and butter in a food processor and pulse until crumbly. (Note: You can use a pastry cutter in place of a food processor). Reserve one cup of crumble mixture.

In a large bowl combine dry ingredients with milk and egg, stirring until smooth. Pour into loaf plan and top with reserved crumble mixture.

Bake for 45-60 minutes. Test by sticking a wooden skewer in the middle of the cake, if it comes out clean the cake is done. Allow cake to rest in the pan for five minutes before removing from pan.

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