I found a coffeecake that looked so delicious on a blog I happened upon, Stick to Your Hips. It's a pretty site with delicious-looking and -sounding recipes. Her recipe for Special-Morning Coffee Cake was particularly appealing this morning, and so off I went to the kitchen to experiment with this recipe.
I had some blueberries stashed in the freezer, and thought they would go well with this cinnamon-y treat. They did! My other little change was a mistake. As the cake was baking, I noticed that while it smelled wonderful, I was missing that waft of cinnamon that should have been emanating from my oven... And then I realized... I had forgotten to add the cinnamon to the topping. Horrors! Now what was I going to do?? The cake only had about 10 minutes of oven time left, so I decided to mix the cinnamon with a couple of tablespoons of granulated sugar and sprinkled that over the top of the cake. Ah - there was that aroma I was waiting for. I will do my best to remember the cinnamon in the topping next time, but I think I will also add a little cinnamon-sugar to the top of the cake, as well. Definitely a delicious breakfast treat!
Shortening (for greasing baking pan)
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1-1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup milk
1-1/4 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup blueberries
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-inch springform pan with the shortening and set aside.
In a small bowl, with a fork, mash together the softened butter, 1/4 cup flour, brown sugar, sugar, and cinnamon. (It will be more creamy instead of dry like a traditional streusel, causing the clumps to fall into the cake instead of sit on top.)
In a small bowl combine the 1-1/2 cups flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl beat the egg and 3/4 cup sugar until fluffy. Beat in the melted butter, milk, and vanilla. Add the flour mixture all at once and stir together just until incorporated. Gently stir in blueberries. Don't overmix.
Pour into prepared pan and dot the surface with the brown sugar mixture. Mix 1 teaspoon of cinnamon with 2 tablespoons sugar. Sprinkle over batter. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until moist crumbs cling to a toothpick inserted in the middle.
Adapted from sticktoyourhips.blogspot.com
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