Recipe for a sweet and simple coffee cake made with fruit and nuts.

Yield About 10 servings
Time 50 minutes
Tools
  • Flour sifter
  • 3 bowls
  • Wooden spoon
  • Whisk
  • 8-in square baking dish
Ingredients
  • 1 2/3 c flour
  • 4 t baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • ½ c white sugar
  • ¾ t cinnamon
  • ¾ c rolled oats
  • ¼ c finely chopped nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans…)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 c buttermilk
  • 3 T butter, melted
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 c fresh or frozen fruit (blueberries, apricots, cranberries, raisins, chopped apples…)
  • 3 T brown sugar
  • 1 T butter, softened
Directions Preheat oven to 400º.

Bowl 1: Sift the flour, baking powder, salt, white sugar, and ½ t cinnamon together. Stir in ½ c oats and the chopped nuts.

Bowl 2: Beat egg, buttermilk, melted butter, and vanilla together.

Gradually stir contents of bowl 2 into bowl 1, mixing only enough to combine the wet and dry. Fold in the fruit.

Butter the baking dish, and spread the batter into it.

Bowl 3: Combine ¼ c oats, brown sugar, ¼ t cinnamon, and softened butter and stir until crumbly. Sprinkle over coffee cake.

Bake for 40 minutes, until golden brown and done in the middle (a knife or toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean).

Notes For a plainer but still delicious coffee cake, you can leave out the fruit and/or nuts.

Adapted from Anna Thomas’ The New Vegetarian Epicure.

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