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
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.