Monday, April 9, 2012

Coffee Cake Supreme

My adorable cousin Anna is a very picky eater.

So when we had her and her parents over for brunch on Saturday, I knew that anything with unidentified green parts (like a delicious Garden Medley Quiche) would not be popular.  Believe it or not, neither was the fruit salad.  This is the girl who doesn't like bread but will eat pizza crust (only if it's cheese), hates salad unless it's pasta salad with cheese tortellini and absolutely no sauce, and won't eat any kind of sandwich other than an ice cream sandwich.

Fortunately, I think we managed to get some of this coffee cake into her before she ate any significant amount of chocolate eggs.  Even with such a picky eater, this was a hit.  And there is absolutely nothing about this that's not to love- it's a lovely light cake studded with dates and walnuts and a perfect butter/brown sugar flavor.

It's really perfect for a brunch, holiday breakfast, or just because. :)

Coffee Cake Supreme

from Breakfast in Bed by Carol Frieburg

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup chopped dates

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In the bowl of a stand mixer, thoroughly cream butter, sugar, and vanilla extract.  Beat in egg.  Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt, and add to creamed mixture alternately with milk.  Spread half the batter in a greased 8-inch square cake pan (I used a round 9-inch pan).  For filling, in a separate bowl, combine all filling ingredients and sprinkle over batter.  Spread remaining batter over filling.  Top with nuts.  Bake for 45 minutes, or until cake tests done.

The Easter bunny doesn't make a big point to visit this house anymore, but my sweet mom gave me a little Easter gift

Love love love Theo chocolate.  I broke into this bar tonight, and it was just perfect.

I also got a little gift from my aunt, which was gone that day.

Isn't it a beautiful cookie? I'd love to learn some tips and tricks for making food look nice.

By the way, I ate three of the most incredible eclairs yesterday.  Forget custard, I just need to learn how to make those! :)

Have a great start to your week!



  1. Excellent recipe,thank you for the detailed instructions on how to bake it.


  2. Thanks! And thanks for reading. :)