Breakfast of Champions

Eli and I are excited about the multitude of things this blog can offer – one of them being sharing our recipes with you! I have to share this coffee cake recipe with you, it is one of my family’s favorites. The buttery and sweet crumble top is delicious and pairs wonderfully with the moist cake on the bottom. It’s a simple recipe and your friends and family will be sure to love it for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

For Christmas I gave gifts of homemade vanilla extract so of course I made some for myself too. Check out all those vanilla beans! It’s less expensive than buying and the homemade blows the store-bought version out of the water.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetThis cinnamon is spectacular and I am convinced everyone needs it in their kitchen cabinet. Did you know there were different kinds of cinnamon? The Savory Spice Shop is a foodie’s heaven. My food writing class took a tour of their shop and were able to taste so many things from chiles to BBQ blends to various cinnamons. This cinnamon tastes like a cinnabon. It’s powerful and everything you think of when the word cinnamon comes to mind. If you’re in the Charlotte area you should head over there when you get the chance, if not you can order online too!

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetcoffee cakeDo you see the ratio of crumb topping to cake?? When you’re making it you may think you’ve done it wrong – but just wait until you taste it. You will realize you did everything just right.

Without further adieu:

Vivian’s Coffee Cake

1 stick butter, softened

1 c. sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 tsp. salt

¾ c. milk

2 c. flour

2 tsp. baking powder

2 eggs

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl as needed. Add vanilla, baking powder and salt. Alternating, add flour and milk. Continue to mix until batter is smooth. Spread batter in a greased pan (9×13”)

For crumb topping:

1 c. sugar

2 c. flour

2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. vanilla

2 sticks butter

Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla in a bowl. With a pastry cutter, fork or your hands, cut in 2 sticks of butter. If you’re using your hands then you’ll rub the mixture between your palms (like the motion you do to keep your hands warm). Cut the butter in until there are uniform almost pea-sized balls.

 Layer crumb picture on top of batter.

Bake at 375 for 45 minutes.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar when out of oven and again when cool.

We’d love to hear your thoughts if you make this at home! It’s my hope you’ll have fun making it and might even share it with a new friend or neighbor that just moved in. Giving food creates such joy in the giver and recipient’s heart alike. So get baking!

– maris & elijah

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