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let it crumble crumb coffee cake

Who doesn’t love crumb cake?  Maybe it is a little old fashioned but that’s what makes it even more wonderful and heartwarming.  The crumbly sugar, butter and cinnamon crust baked on top of a dense, not too sweet spongy cake…ah, just pure heaven.

I found this recipe in a cookbook called Sugar Rush by the NYC pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini.  When I bought the cookbook, I could not pass it by, I mean Sugar Rush?  I just laughed and thought about all the kids I know who fly around the room after a good dose of something sweet.

I adapted the recipe slightly in order to make the cake a bit moister and less sweet.  After you bring the cake from the oven and let it cool, then settle in with a good cup of coffee and piece of this decadent creation.

 

let it crumble crumb coffee cake

Who doesn’t love crumb cake?  Maybe it is a little old fashioned but that’s what makes it even more wonderful and heartwarming.  The crumbly sugar, butter and cinnamon crust baked on top of a dense, not too sweet spongy cake…ah, just pure heaven.

I found this recipe in a cookbook called Sugar Rush by the NYC pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini.  When I bought the cookbook, I could not pass it by, I mean Sugar Rush?  I just laughed and thought about all the kids I know who fly around the room after a good dose of something sweet.

I adapted the recipe slightly in order to make the cake a bit moister and less sweet.  After you bring the cake from the oven and let it cool, then settle in with a good cup of coffee and piece of this decadent creation.

 

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Ingredients

Recipe serves: 12-20
cake
1/3 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup crème fraiche or sour cream
2/3 cup buttermilk (or milk)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
pinch of salt
crumble
1 3/4 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
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thoughts&stories

My grandmother always had crumb cake on offer when anyone came to visit.  It was served for dessert during Sunday lunch but also in the afternoon with some coffee or tea for the adults, and milk for the grandchildren.  Though hers was store-bought, the cake never lacked eager takers….and often one of my cousins would be guilty of picking off most of the topping crumbs.

 

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let it crumble crumb coffee cake
  • time
    1 hour
  • serves
    12
  • skill level
    Medium

Ingredients

  • cake

  • crumble

Directions

1
Done

Preheat oven to 350F(170C).

2
Done

Rub butter or cooking spray all over a 9- inch by 13-inch glass baking dish, and then add a few tablespoons of flour and coat the dish. You do not want any uncovered areas or the cake will stick.

3
Done

Crumble

In a large bowl, add all the flour, sugar, cinnamon and melted butter.

4
Done

Using a spoon, mix the topping ingredients together. It will be crumbly and you want to keep it that way. Set aside for when cake batter is complete.

5
Done

Cake

Measure the buttermilk and whirl through the vanilla extract. Set aside.

6
Done

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

7
Done

In bowl of electric mixture with paddle attachment, combine the butter, sugar and egg until pale in color- about 3 to 4 minutes.

8
Done

Add the crème fraiche to the butter and sugar, mixing until all is incorporated.

9
Done

Put mixer on low speed and add about one third of the dry cake ingredients (not the topping but the mixture with just flour, baking powder and salt), add half of the buttermilk, blend.

10
Done

Add another one third of flour, the other half of the buttermilk, blend.

11
Done

Put in the final third of the flour mixture. Scrape down sides of bowl as you alternate. Do not over mix but just make sure all is well blended.

12
Done

Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish. It may be thick and you may want to use your fingers to push evenly to all sides.

13
Done

Take your topping and using fingers, crumble it all over the batter as evenly as possible.

14
Done

Bake for 35 minutes in the center rack of oven. The cake should spring back in center, if not leave for another 2-3 minutes or until done.

15
Done

Slice into bite-size pieces or larger depending on what else is being served.