Hello all! Hope your week is off to a good start.
I've been baking a little more these days, and trying to make things a little on the healthier side while I'm at it. I went off the healthy rails with this one, but every now and then isn't going to hurt. Right? I played around with a basic coffee cake, that I've made forever, by adding orange, almonds and cardamom. It's pretty delicious. Love the light cardamom flavour.
Orange & Almond Coffee Cake w/ Cardamom -
To make the streusel topping/filling:
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
6 tablespoons chilled butter, diced
1 1/2 cups chopped almonds
Mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon. Blend the chilled butter in with your fingers until small pebble size clumps form. Add the almonds and stir to combine. Cover and set aside in refrigerator.
To make the cake:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
3 large eggs
1-2 teaspoons orange rind
2 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups low fat* sour cream
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
* this is my attempt at taking a little of the fat out of it ;)
Preheat oven to 350f/180c. Grease two 6"x6"x2" pans or one 13"x9"x2" pan and line with parchment paper for easy removal.
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and baking soda. In another large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, then add orange rind, ground cardamom, and vanilla. Stir in the flour, a little at a time, alternately with the sour cream. Add the orange juice stir to combine. If using two small pans (like I did), spread about a quarter of the batter in each pan. Sprinkle about a quarter of the streusel over top each. Drop another half of the remaining batter on top of each cake and sprinkle with remaining streusel.
Bake for about 25 minutes, then check to make sure topping isn't getting too browned. If you think it is, place aluminum foil, loosely, on top of each pan. Bake for about another 20-25 minutes (total of about 45-50 minutes) until a skewer, inserted in centre of cakes, comes out clean. Allow cake to cool in pans, on wire rack, for at least 15 minutes before removing. Enjoy!
If you try making this cake, let me know what you think. You may find it hard to leave alone!
Have a great day.