Monday, September 26, 2011

Coffee Lovers' Coffee Cake

Saturday mornings have been pretty special around here. A group of lovely women are joining me each week to study Ann Voskamp's book 1,000 Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are.


It is fun for me to prepare a little treat for these girls, who have been out in the workplace all week.


Baking is something I really enjoy, but I do not do it as much these days . . . since there are only two of us to eat the goodies. So now, for the next six week, I have a great reason to dig through my cookbooks for some old favorites.



Coffee Lovers' Coffee Cake

2 cups flour
2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
2 cups brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon (I like Penzey's Vietnamese Cinnamon)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cups butter, cut in pieces
8 ounces of sour cream
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
3/4 cups chopped pecan or walnuts

Combine flour, coffee, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Cut in butter with pastry blender until crumbly. Press half of this mixture into a 9" square pan.

Mix soda into sour cream and add to remaining crumb mixture. Add egg. Stir gently. Pour over crumb mix. Top with nuts.

Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.




This is a nice change from the streusel topped coffee cakes, (which I also enjoy making) , because the surprise on this cake is the coffee flavored shortbread crust on the bottom.



We found the cake and the book . . . both delicious.


Linking today to my coffee loving sisters at Jen's place.

25 comments:

  1. I have been considering started a group to study Ann's book, but haven't quite figured out the details. I am sure your group is a blessing.

    The cake looks delicious!!

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  2. Oh dear, chubby here might have to refrain from reading you for six weeks...but my husband would probably recommend that I astutely study your blog recipes...
    Tea parties are grand and tea ( with lovingly made goodies) is even better with focus such as yours.

    Having said that...maybe you would enjoy one of my old blogs that describes the glorious health benefits of kale? Or the recipe for stuffed chard leaves! This reminder to Glenda to eat her veggies has been brought to her by her love of the color green.

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  3. Mmmmmm, wish I could sit at your table :)

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  4. Thanks for the book recommendation and the recipe. The coffee cake sounds delicious.

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  5. Recipe sounds great and the book study idea.
    Could some kind American cook explain to me how to measure butter by the cup?
    I have a cup for dried stuff like flour but how do you get the butter in it?
    (we also don't have the cool pastry blender thing over here and have to use our fingers!)

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  6. 1/2 cup of butter is 4 ounces of butter, also 1/4 pound of butter. Does that help?

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  7. brilliant.

    thanks a lot.
    Will get ingredients tomorrow - my colleagues love coffee cake (or any cake really).

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  8. Yum! I would love to sit at your table and with your book study group. That book is amazing. I heard Ann speak on a webcast recently...she speaks as awesome as she writes!

    Have a wonderful week!

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  9. Glenda, the comment above is from me, Doris (fahnmamma). I posted before I was finished!

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  10. Oh yum - i definitely need to try this. Yummy!

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  11. Thanks for reminding me...I've got to finish that book. So good. A little challenging to read but good.

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  12. I bet you are an amazing baker!! YUMMY!!

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  13. Sounds delicious Glenda!! Can't wait to try it!

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  14. What a fantastic idea--Saturday breakfast with friends and 1000 gifts! (Also, your photos are perfect. Just lovely.)

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  15. I just love your servant heart, Glenda. Someday, you'll find me in your kitchen...

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  16. Oh my, this sounds wonderful!!! i will need to make for my next Saturday morning get together.

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  17. Glenda, your coffee cake looks and sounds great! Your group sounds like fun and I'm sure they'll love all your goodies. I too love to bake but there's only the 2 of us here now also so any excuse to bake is a wonderful thing.

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  18. Sounds like a nice group to be in! That recipe looks great. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  19. I'd love to study with you! I love trying different coffee cake recipes. Sounds like a Saturday morning recipe for my RB!

    I'll pray for your group.
    Pamela

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  20. I've been hosting a ladies' Bible study for over a month now, and I'm running out of morning treats! Thanks for the recipe!

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  21. Oh how I wish I lived close to you! I would love to do an online bible study sometime...
    and I pinned your recipe..it sounds so yummy right about now:)
    xo

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  22. This looks very pleasing to this coffee lover! I purchased four copies of Ann's book and, before I knew what I was doing, I gave them all as gifts. So, I still look forward to reading it myself.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  23. The cake sounds yummy!

    I love getting together with my sisters in Christ for Bible study. Praying that your group will be blessed beyond measure.

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  24. How sweet, the cake and you-- you are blessing to these women.

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