Obviously, I need to make more coffee cakes! Here are some of my faves.
In the United States, coffee cake generally refers to a sweet cake intended to be eaten with coffee or tea (like tea cake).Coffee cakes, as an accompaniment for coffee, are often single layer, flavored with either fruit or cinnamon, and leavened with either baking soda (or baking powder), which results in a more cake-like texture, or yeast, which results in a more bread-like texture. Wikipedia
Ever since I picked up my little cake pan tray, below, I’ve been dying to make something in them. When I came across a pic of Panera’s Strawberry Rhubarb Mini Cakes, the anticipation became an obsession. They were so darling!
Every spring I hafta make this coffee cake and this is not just any old coffee cake, it’s my Rhubarb Coffee Cake with a Vanilla Streusel and to top it all off, a Vanilla Sauce. Did you get all that? It’s a one, two, three punch of sweet tart goodness.
Have I ever told you I’m nuts about Rhubarb? Ever since I was little – we kids used to take the old blue melamine sugar bowl (this is before we got the Corelle) and sit in the shade of our honeysuckle hedge and pull rhubarb, dip it in the sugar and take a bite. And repeat. Sweet & sour.
Years ago on a visit to New York I was passed the best coffee cake recipe. An elderly neighbor had brought some to the home of my daughter’s Aunt and it was amazing! We had a little chat about it, then before I left, she stopped by with the recipe. I was so appreciative; this must have been a great effort for her and was so thoughtful.