I’ve been working at Mt. Zion hospital for 3.5 years now and every day I think, “It would be great to have a Peet’s near me.” That dream finally came true and now they have a Peet’s coffee stand in the cafeteria.
As part of opening the stand they promoted by raffling off some gift baskets. I bought my cups of coffee and filled out the ticket.
Now the gift basket is sitting in my office. Thanks Primo Espresso Company for the basket!
Here’s a coffee cake recipe:
- 1 cup (225 g) butter, softened
- 1-1/2 cup (300 g) granulated sugar
- 1 cup (230 g) sour cream 2 large (100 g) eggs
- 1 Tbs. (15 mL) vanilla extract
- 2 cups (125 g) sifted all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp. (1.5 g) salt
- 1 Tbs. (14 g) baking powder
- 1/4 cup (25 g) chopped pecans
- 2 Tbs. (30 g) butter melt
- 1 cup (110 g) chopped pecans toast
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup (110 g) brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C) and line 9×13-in. pan with parchment paper
- Batter pour batter into 9×13-in. pan
- Top with toppings & bake at 350°F (175°C) for 35 min.
- Start off by toasting 1-1/4 cup (135 g) chopped pecans. Do this by spreading them out on a sheet pan and baking in the oven as it preheats, about ten minutes. (Preheat the oven to 350°F or 175°C.) Once the pecans are fragrant, take them out of the oven. Keeping them in the oven too long will result in slight burning which will leave an acrid flavor to everything – so avoid this at all costs.
- Use a spice grinder or a food processor to finely process 1/4-cup of the roasted pecans (about 25-30 g). Use a succession of quick pulses because too much processing will result in a paste. About ten pulses from my spice grinder provided adequate results. Reserve the rest of the roasted pecans for the streusel.
- As usual, assemble your ingredients before beginning. For the dry ingredients, use 1/4-cup (25-30 g) roasted pecans, finely ground, 1 Tbs. baking powder, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 2 cups (250 g) sifted all-purpose flour. For the “wet” ingredients, gather up 1 cup (225 g) butter, softened, 2 large eggs, 1 Tbs. vanilla extract, 1 cup (230 g) sour cream, and 1-1/2 (300 g) sugar. For the streusel, prepare 1/2 cup (110 g) brown sugar, 2 Tbs. butter, 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, and 1 cup (110 g) roasted pecans, chopped.
- Whisk the flour, baking powder, and finely processed pecans together.
- Cream the butter and sugar together in a mixer until smooth (about 30 seconds at medium low speed). Using softened butter, will reduce the tendency for the butter to stick to the sides of the mixing bowl (and thus reducing the need to scrape down the bowl).Whisk the flour, baking powder, and finely processed pecans together.
- Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl. Add the sour cream to the mixture and beat until combined. Scrape down the bowl again, if needed. At low speed, mix in one egg at a time. Mix in the vanilla extract.
- Remove the mixing bowl from the mixer and add the flour mixture to the contents. Using a spatula, fold the solids into the batter. The resulting mixture may have a few lumps. Don’t worry about these – they’ll cook out as you bake the cake.
- Prepare a 9×13-in baking pan by greasing the bottom and sides with a little butter. To make extraction and cutting easier, I like to line the inside with a sheet of parchment paper that hangs out over the sides. The extra paper will act as handles later when I pull the cake out of the pan. Press the paper to the pan so it is as flush as possible (wrinkles in the paper will result in wrinkles in your coffee cake).
- Pour the batter into the baking pan and level with a spatula.
- For the streusel topping, melt two tablespoons butter in the microwave (about 10-15 seconds). Meanwhile, combine the remaining pecans with the brown sugar and cinnamon.
- If the butter hasn’t completely melted, swirl the melted butter around the unmelted piece until it has completely melted. (If this doesn’t work, microwave for a few more seconds.) Pour the butter into the sugar/pecan/cinnamon mix. Mix together until it becomes a uniformly darker color.
- Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the batter. I find this is easiest accomplished with my fingers. Using a spoon almost always results in uneven coverage and large random clumps which need to be redistributed later.
- Bake the coffee cake on the middle rack of the oven for 35 minutes at 350°F (175°C). A toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake should come out clean (no wetness, perhaps a dry crumb or two). At this point remove the cake from the oven and let the cake cool in the pan for about 10 minutes.
- Remove the cake from the pan and set onto a wire rack to fully cool. This is easily done if you made the parchment paper sling. I actually don’t know how long it takes to cool the cake because I’ve never been able to wait long enough – I always cut into it too early because I’m too eager to eat a piece.
- Once the cake has been completely cooled (or you can’t wait any longer), transfer to a cutting board and cut into reasonable sizes. Coffee cake is pretty rich and is generally consumed with coffee or tea as a snack or a brief respite from the daily grind, so too large of a piece seems to not fit its purpose for existence. (Anyway, you can always grab a second piece…) I cut them into sixteen pieces of approximately 2-in. by 3-in. dimensions. These are fairly sizable, so you may wish to make smaller pieces.