It’s been beyond hot as is the course in the summer. I swear off using my oven and stove if I can help it and look towards my grill as my refuge for cooking. I’ve been dreaming about all the baking I want to do when it starts to cool down again. A few weeks ago, on my day off, I set my alarm for 5 am and I got up early to bake a quick Streusel. The recipe did not require a mixer; it took me about 15 minutes to throw together. I ended up making two versions of this because the first batch was too dry. The problem was that I substituted oil for Greek yogurt and the bread tasted a little bland. I used Greek yogurt because I thought I had run out of oil but I still had olive oil, which is what I used in the second batch. In the second batch I used a knife to swirl some of the butter into the cake batter to combat some of the blandness I initially tasted. My son James, who is usually picky about everything, loved both versions and kept asking for more. For that reason alone, I will be making this again.
Streusel Coffee Cake
Ingredients for cake
1 ½ cups flour
¾ cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt 1 egg, beaten
½ cup milk
¼ cup vegetable or olive oil
Ingredients for Streusel
4 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp flour
1 tsp cinnamon or 1 tbsp if you really like cinnamon
4 tbsp butter 1 cup chopped pecans or any other nut you prefer
Add ½ cup flour if not using nuts Instructions
1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.) Mix first 4 dry ingredients.
3.) Make a well in the center and add the wet ingredients.
4.) Stir until just combined.
5.) Pour into 8 or 9 inch cake pan, any shape.
6.) Stir together the first 3 Streusel ingredients.
7.) Cut butter into dry ingredients and stir.
8.) Add chopped nuts or flour.
9.) Crumble topping onto cake and swirl with a knife.
10.) Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
I think next time I make this, I will omit most of the nuts and sprinkle the Streusel throughout the cake before baking and bake in muffin form instead. If you attempt this one yourself, let me know how it comes out.1