How is the new year treating you all ? Hope all is well with everyone.
TH got a few ski tickets, way back, in the hope of teaching the lil guy skiing this season and so he did. Over the weekend we packed our back packs and the rest of the paraphernalia and went to our closest ski resort. The little guy had already demonstrated the weekend before to his Dad how he could make "pizza" and "french fries" using his skis and also to take turns. His father was telling me how exciting it was for him, to watch the lil guy take his baby steps in a new technique and this weekend I got to enjoy it too.
Isn’t it always exciting to watch kids when they learn and master a new art/technique? First it was our daughter, and mind you she still continues to amaze us with her feats. Now, the little one too! It’s a good life. When our daughter learns to play a new song on her flute or when she learns a new technique on her guitar we all get excited. Even the lil guy says, "hey chechi, that is really cool".
It has been a tough few weeks juggling work and home and blogging has suffered severely. I am glad you are still reading this and came in to say hello. I have a wonderful coffee cake recipe which will make you glad you stopped by.
This is one of the best coffee cakes I ever made! Hurray! You could add cocoa or completely leave out that part and either way you bake some delightful cake.
Have it with a frothy dose of hot caffeine and you are set. Your days will zoom by, the double dose of coffee will do it’s job. Have a great day where ever you are and don’t forget to give this recipe a whirl.
Preparation Time: 20 min
Baking time: 50 min
Yield : 14 slices
Adapted from: Classic Home desserts by Richard sax and here
All purpose flour,sifted- 2 cups
Baking powder- 1 tsp
Baking soda- 1/2 tsp
Salt- 1/4 tsp
Unsalted butter,softened- 3/4 cup
Granulated white sugar- 1 cup
Eggs- 2 large
Pure vanilla extract- 2 tsp
Sour cream/ plain yogurt- 1 cup
Instant espresso powder- 2 Tbsp
Cocoa powder (optional)- 2 Tbsp
Hot Water- 2 Tbsp,divided
Confectioner's sugar- 3/4 cup
Strong brewed coffee- 2-3 Tbsp
Instant espresso powder- 1 1/2 tsp
1.Preheat oven at 350 degree F. Butter a 9 inch kugelhopf, bundt or tube pan. (I used a bundt pan)
2.Sift together the flour,salt, baking soda and baking powder.
3.In a mixing bowl beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
4.Add eggs one at a time and beat to mix in.
5.Add vanilla and mix well.
6.Add the flour mixture alternating with sour cream, beginning and ending with flour mixture.Beat to incorporate everything,do not overmix.
7.In a small bowl mix instant coffee in 1 Tbsp of hot water. In another bowl, mix cocoa in 1 Tbsp hot water, if you are using it.
8.Mix the coffee mixture with 1/4th of batter. Mix 1/4 th of batter with cocoa mixture.(If you are making only coffee batter and not cocoa batter, then use 1/3 of cake batter for making it)
9.Pour 1/3 of remaining sour cream mixture in the pan. Level using a spoon.
10.Spoon out the cocoa and coffee batter alternatively on top of that.using a butter knife swirl the batter a bit, or leave batter as it is.
11.Top with the remaining sour cream batter and level the top using a spoon.
12.Bake until a tester inserted comes out clean or for about 45-50 minutes.
13.Cool the cake in pan for a few minutes and then turn on a wire rack to cool completely.
14.make the glaze by mixing together everything listed. Start with 2tbsp brewed coffee, add more to make a pouring consistency.Pour over cake. Let it set . Serve with a cuppa or coffee