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#5: Cafe Beaujolais' Coffee Cake

Posted by: MariaDNoCA at 5:17 pm on Dec 30, 2005

Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2001 20:12:32 GMT
From: Marilyn in FL

This is our favorite: Cafe Beaujolais' Coffee Cake... COMN (more inside)

While it's good cold, this cake is an absolute dream on the olfactory front when warm. If you're pressed for time, prep the sugars/dry mix and the wet mix the night before (just hold off on the baking soda and baking powder). Pulling it together in the morning takes a heartbeat... and bakes in only 35-45 minutes (Check on it at the earlier time... mine has never gone the full baking limit.)

Also, I don't add the second tsp of cinnamon on the final topping (recipe uses 2 tsp total) ...but that's just a personal preference.

I get up, mix it together, toss it in the oven, shower and get dressed. When it's done, so am I.

Wrap the pan in a thick towel and go forth with a nutty/cinnamon-y treat that will win friends and teach young children to respect you.

In large bowl mix together

2 1/4 C flour
1 C brown sugar
3/4 C sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
3/4 C corn oil (she's pretty emphatic about using oil vs butter...says some cakes fail miserably if you use butter. Her word is good enough for me...I use oil)

Remove and reserve 3/4 C of crumbs.

Add to large bowl:
1 beaten egg
1 C buttermilk
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Pour into well-greased 13x9 pan

Add to reserved crumbs:
1/2 C chopped nuts
1 tsp cinnamon
and sprinkle on top of cake
(I like to sprinkle a few chocolate chips on the top. People seem to get such a cheap thrill eating chocolate for breakfast.)

Bake 350 for 35-45 minutes.
Hope this is correct...I'm doing it from memory...EVERYONE loves this! I've even got a contingency at work that begs...It is SUCH a rush of power to have people beg!!

1. AMEN to this coffeecake paean of praise! It is THE BEST. I have also made it with>>> (Mary in OR)
blueberries sprinkled over the top (in which case, cut WAY down on the cinnamon in the topping); with sliced tart apples; I think it would probably be great with fresh cranberries, although you might need to add some sugar to the topping. It is the only coffeecake I've made for years. I see others and think But why bother...they can't be as good!

The man who carries a cat by the tail learns something that can be learned in no other way. - MTwain