Friday, March 15, 2013

Crispy Coffee Cake


Enjoy the little things in life, happiness doesn't need to have a lot of money, it's all in your mind!  I guess as long as you live within your means, always look at things at the bright side, appreciate individual differences and don't set too high expectation, you will be able to appreciate what you have and live a happy life.

My daughter had been craving for Coffee Cake since returning from her university exchange program and finally, I managed to find a time and baked this for her last week.   It had been a while since the last time I baked for this.

I had 3 different recipes for Coffee Cake, I choose this  as based on my memory, this was the best among the rest of all.  For this recipe, the coffee powder was added to the crumb and not to the batter.  My daughter prefer stronger coffee taste, this method seemed to weaken the favour. 

I do agree with my daughter,  it tastes more like butter cake than coffee's but overall, this recipe is still a keeper.  I just need to add coffee powder to the batter instead.  A word to share : please try to get a good quality cinnamon powder and for the coffee powder, I find the Nestle instant coffee is a better choice.


If you would like to join the fun, here you go.. 


Crispy Coffee Cake Recipe
- Preheat oven at 175*C for min. 15 mins. Baking Time: 50 mins.
- Baking pan: 8" square baking pan. Base lined with baking paper (Don’t grease the side). 

Ingredient A:
- 100g plain flour   } sift
- 70g brown sugar 
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder 
- 2 tsp Nestle 
instance coffee powder (should mix this with a tsp of water and add to the batter)
- 70g butter (cold)

Ingredient B:
- 200 butter (original recipe asks for 220g)
- 175g caster sugar
- 3 eggs  (beaten slightly) - 60g each
- 1/2 tsp vanilla essence

Ingredient C:
- 250g plain flour         }sift 
- 2 tsp baking powder  }  
- 130ml yogurt 
-  80g chopped walnut (optional)


Method:
  1. Mix plain flour, brown sugar, cinnamon powder and instance coffee of Ingredient A together, mix well.  Cut butter into cute and rub into flour mixture to form dough.  Keep it into fridge till firmed.
  2. Beat butter and sugar from ingredient B till pale and fluffy (about 4-5 mins).  Add eggs, one portion at a time, mix well.  Add essence and mix well. 
  3. Alternately pour in yogurt and flours from Ingredient C with a spatula, mix well. 
  4. Pour the batter into 8" square mould based with paper.
  5. Remove dough from fridge, grate it, mix with walnut and sprinkle over the batter.
  6. Bake in preheated oven at 175*C for 50-55 mins.


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