Strawberry Coffee Cake

strawberrycoffeecakeslice This is one of those recipes that’s easy to prepare and great fun to eat.  How could it miss, with fresh strawberries on top of the batter creating little lakes of juice as they bake?  One of the ingredients in this recipe is cinnamon, which gives the cake a sweet floral flavor, but doesn’t overwhelm the berries.

Crumble Topping:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 stick of butter, cold from the fridge

Directions:

To make crumble topping, sift the sugar and flour together in a large bowl. Place the  butter in the center of the bowl and sprinkle a little of the sugar and flour mixture over it. Place all 10 fingers on the stick and start crumbling it by making cat-kneading gestures with your fingers so the butter turns into little pea sized bits. Keep crumbling until the stick is completely whittled down. Keep the bowl of crumbles in the fridge until you’re ready for it.

Strawberry Coffee Cake:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup butter melted (this is a half-stick)
  • 3 cups strawberries, sliced

Directions:

  1. Sift the first four ingredients together in a bowl and set aside
  2. Whisk the milk, eggs, vanilla, and melted butter together in a bowl.
  3. Add the mix of wet ingredients to the bowl of dry ingredients.
  4. Beat together with a handheld mixer until well incorporated.
  5. Pour into a pre-greased 13×9 pan. Arrange the sliced strawberries on top of the batter. Sprinkle the crumble toppings.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes.

Some more pictures:

strawberryinbatter Here you see the strawberries on top of the batter. This set me to thinking how different fruits, such as blackberries, raspberries, or blueberries, would taste?   Ahh, the possibilities!

thecrumbs A crumbled topping is sprinkled on top of the strawberries and into the oven it goes.   In no time, it’s done with beautiful berry juice pooling on the surface of the cake.

 

 

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