Sunday, October 17, 2010
During my sour cream baking kick two weeks ago, I also made this sour cream coffee cake. The sour cream keeps this cake incredibly moist. And I love the cinnamon crumble on top and in between.
This cake is deceptively good. What I mean by that is for some reason I kept forgetting that I liked it. I think because I made it at the same time I made the wonderful sour cream pound cake and chocolate pound cake. I would think “Oh I don’t really like this that much, I’ll just have a tiny bite,” and then next thing you know I’ve eaten two pieces!
Next time, I’ll have to put a more generous layer in between because I had too much crumble left for the top.
When I was making this cake, I was worried because it called for so much sour cream. And when I was mixing it, all I could see was sour cream. I was afraid there wasn’t enough flour!
I actually had to bake the cake a bit longer than the original recipe called for because of all the sour cream which didn’t want to bake. So when it was finally done, I was doubtful as to how it would taste.
But it tasted delicious! Very, very moist. You definitely taste the sour cream, but it’s very yummy.
I made a couple of changes. I used an 8 x8 pan instead of a 9 x 13. I didn’t want my cake to be too thin and I wanted a thicker streusel layer. I think next time I might also reduce the sour cream a tad. I think the cake had slightly too much, making it harder to bake properly. My streusel top was getting a bit burned as I waited for the cake to fully cook. Here’s the modified recipe below:
Sour cream coffee cake (adapted from gimme some oven)
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
8 oz of sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1. In a mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs to the mixture, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
3. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Then add the sour cream and vanilla. Mix until combined.
4. Pour half of the batter into a greased 8 x8 inch pan, and sprinkle with half of the topping, distributing evenly around the surface. Add the remainder of the batter on top, and sprinkle with the remaining topping. Bake at 350 degrees for40 -45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
3860 Convoy St. #106
San Diego, CA 92111
After my meal at Spicy House a few weeks back, I passed by Cafe Hue, which is right next door, on my way out. I haven’t had the desire to revisit Cafe Hue after not being too fond of their belgium waffle.
But as I was passing by, I noticed a display of ice cream. Now this did excite me. Previously, I was able to order my waffle at Cafe Hue with gelato. However, they didn’t serve the gelato separately. Was it now finally serving a gelato bar?
I’ve mentioned before that gelato has been the next big trend in the Bay Area since the fro-yo craze, with many frozen yogurt shops also offering a variety of gelato including many asian flavors like green tea and lychee. So far, I haven’t seen the same in San Diego. The only gelato shops are the traditional Italian gelato shops.
So I was excited to see gelato displayed at Cafe Hue and went in to give it a try. They had lots of flavors. I ended up choosing green tea and hazelnut.
The gelato ended up being really disappointing. It tasted very artificial and different from the gelato I had previously when I had it as a waffle topping.
Little Sis got some chocolate. BF got vanilla. I thought they were all too artificial tasting. I left pretty disappointed.
My previous Cafe Hue posts can be found here and here.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
One of the things I look forward to most in the Fall is pumpkin bread. I love, love pumpkin bread. I could eat it year round. Soft, moist, and the perfect blend of spices and pumpkin. This pumpkin bread is my favorite one.
It’s easy to put together and is one of the few breads I’ve made that tastes even better the next day. The bread stays moist for days and keeps well in the freezer. I always bake a couple of extra loaves.
I’ve baked quite a few pumpkin recipes, but this classic pumpkin bread is one of my favorite pumpkin recipes.
Pumpkin Bread (recipe source from all recipes)
Yields: Three 7 x 3 inch loaves
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
1 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup water
3 cups white sugar
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground ginger
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line three 7×3 inch loaf pans with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar with an electric mixer.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Using an electric mixer on low speed, mix the dry ingredients with the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into the prepared pans.
- Bake for about 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.