Friday, November 20, 2009

Pinehaven Coffee Cake

When we got home from the library today Mom said that she had considered making a coffee cake yesterday but decided against it. She was too tired. Of course once the bug is in my ear, I'm hungry for coffee cake!
"I'll make it," I said. And so I did.
The house now smells of the sweet scent of baking. Cinnamon lingers throughout Pinehaven.
This particular recipe, distilled from several others, has become our own. And here's how to do it ...

Pinehaven Coffee Cake
2 cups flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup shortening (we use stick margarine)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
3/4 cup cold coffee
chopped nuts as desired (we like black walnuts)
Combine dry ingredients except for soda and baking powder
Cut in shortening (the resultant mixture will be lumpy)
Hold out 1/2 cup of this dry mixture for the topping
To remainder, add soda and baking powder; mix thoroughly
In a small bowl (or measuring cup), beat egg into coffee (just use a fork)
Combine this liquid with the flour mixture
Pour into 9" square greased pan
Sprinkle reserved dry mixture on top; add nuts as desired
Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes (use a toothpick to test if done; it should pull out dry)
This is excellent with a nice cup of coffee! A note: before this is baked, the batter in the pan seems fairly slight. But it will double, so don't be worried!