My grandmother was a good cook, but she really excelled at baking. One of the best memories I have is smelling her coffee cake baking in the oven. The aromas of brown sugar, and cinnamon coming from the kitchen were almost too much to wait for sometimes! This easy coffee cake recipe recreates that memory for me every time.
I’ve wanted to bake this recipe for some time now, and I’ve added a few updates of my own- but only to make it easier and quicker to make! This is not a yeast coffee cake – but has more of a pound cake texture – full of creamy goodness like cream cheese and butter. Yummmmm…..
So here it is! I use my food processor to blend the dry ingredients and the cream cheese and butter. I love using my food processor and am learning to use it more and more in my baking.
I’ve written another blog about making pastry with a food processor – you can see it here!
4 tbsp. melted butter
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
3 tsp. baking powder
2/3 cup white sugar
1 ¾ white flour
½ tsp. salt
4 oz. plain cream cheese
1/3 cup unsalted butter
1 cup half and half cream
½ tsp. vanilla
Mix the brown sugar, cinnamon and melted butter well
Stir in chopped walnuts and set aside
In food processor add dry ingredients, baking powder, flour, white sugar, salt, and pulse until blended
Cut softened cream cheese and butter into chunks and add to food processor and pulse until blended. The mixture will stick together if pressed in your hand.
Put the mixture from the food processor into a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the cream, vanilla, and egg. Break the egg yolk and blend slowly, just until everything is moistened. Like when you are making muffins.
Preheat the oven to 375 and grease and 8 X 8 square pan.
Press the cake mixture into the plan
Add small chunks of cream cheese around the top – I push them in slightly with my finger!
Spoon on the brown sugar topping (this will sink into the cake as it bakes)
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
Let cool and Enjoy with a smoky dark coffee.
I swirl caramel sauce* and a light icing sugar glaze over the cake once it’s cool. It looks pretty and makes the cake taste even sweeter!
*I melt caramels in the microwave and stir in heavy cream – easy and delicious!