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I eat breakfast at school most days with my students. Many days I just have toast but there are a few days I eat the main entree. I really like the cinnamon roll, pancakes, and bagel day. They used to have coffee cake which was my favorite but they stopped serving it last year.
Last weekend I hosted book club at my house. I haven’t really had many people over since having my baby because it’s a lot harder to entertain now. The nice thing about book club is that they all have kids and are more then happy to help out with playing with Baby J, loading the dishwasher, and cleaning it. It’s so nice to have friends that get it.
I wanted to make brunch but I didn’t want to make anything too fancy. I made a fruit salad while the baby was sleeping and got some ingredients for yogurt parfaits. I figured I would make a quiche in the morning before they arrived. I knew I needed one more item and since I’ve been craving coffee cake that’s what I made.
I put Baby J in the infant carrier and he helped me make this delicious coffee cake. It’s funny because I’ve made several different coffee cakes throughout the years but they’ve all been flavored. I’ve never made a plain coffee cake before. I found one that looked similar to the one I used to get at school and decided to make that one.
This coffee cake was really good. The crumb of the cake is delicious. It’s moist but crumbly and the topping is so good. It’s sweet and slightly crunchy and makes the entire cake. When it’s served with a cup of hot coffee it’s the perfect breakfast.
For the cake:
- 1 1/2 c. flour
- 1/2 c. sugar
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 1/2 c. milk
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
For the topping:
- 1 1/4 c. flour
- 1/2 c. brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 c. butter, melted
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Spray an 8 x 8 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix well.
- In a medium bowl combine the egg, milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla. Mix well.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Pour into the prepared pan.
- In a small bowl combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and butter. Mix with a fork and then sprinkle over the top of the cake.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely. Cut into 9 squares.
Recipe adapted from Cinnamon, Spice, and Everything Nice