Streusel-Filled Coffee Cake

In case anyone was wondering, yes, I am still alive. I have been very busy with my schoolwork and in the process of trying to find a new job. I realize it has been awhile since my last post. Trust me.. I am going through withdrawals from not baking or cooking anything in the past couple of months.

I was able to throw together a delicious streusel-filled coffee cake when I came up with the idea to surprise my boyfriend with breakfast yesterday morning. I already had all of the ingredients at home. That’s the best thing about this recipe (besides how it tastes), it doesn’t involve a ton of ingredients. I usually have this coffee cake every year on Christmas morning at my grandmother’s house. The recipe came from one of her very old cookbooks. It is considered a family recipe now.

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup shortening

1 egg

1/2 cup milk

1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 tbsp all-purpose flour

2 tsp ground cinnamon

2 tbsp butter, melted

1/2 cup chopped nuts (if that’s your thing)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9-inch square pan. Set aside.

In a large bowl combine sugar, shortening, and egg. Stir in 1/2 cup of milk. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir the dry mixture in with the wet mixture.

To make the streusel topping, combine the brown sugar, 2 tbsp flour, cinnamon, and melted butter in a small bowl. Mix to wet dry ingredients. Set aside.

Take the cake batter and spread half of the batter into the greased and floured pan. Sprinkle half of the streusel mixture over the batter. Add the remaining batter and sprinkle remaining streusel over the top.

Bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

This cake is so easy to throw together that I am sure my less confident cooks out there would be able to make this with a lot of success. It is very moist and full of cinnamon flavor. Very tasty for something so simple. Although this cake is called “coffee cake”, my boyfriend and I found that it goes just as well with mimosas. He found the whole breakfast to be a very nice surprise.

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