Sunday, October 4, 2009

Sour Cream Cinnamon Nut Coffee Cake

This recipe was adapted from Carole Walter's book: Great Coffee Cakes, Sticky Buns, Muffins and More. It was the picture of the sticky buns on the front cover that drew me into borrowing this book from the library. Yet another testament to my obsession with sticky buns! I haven't had a chance to make those buns yet but it's on my to do list.

Overall, I'm impressed by the book but I cannot stand her writing style. It's way too long with unnecessary repetition of words. Just the directions, plain and simple please, no poetry needed! So, I heavily edited the directions portion of the recipe below because I think she used the word "cake" at least 15 times. While I liked the book and I respect Carole Walter, it wouldn't make my top 5. I'm glad I borrowed rather than bought this book, especially with the $35 USD price tag, I can think of other baking books I'd rather own such as Flo Braker's Baking for all Occasions.

Nevertheless, do try this coffee cake. It is a harmony of moist cake and crunchy pecans scattered throughout the swirl. I also found it to be a good keeper, even tasting better the day after it was made. I made it into 1 Bundt cake and had a little batter left over so I also made a mini loaf which I gave away to a friend.

Sour Cream Cinnamon Nut Coffee Cake
2- 9x5" loaves or 1- 9x13" pan or 1- 10" tube pan

Nut mixture:
1 3/4 cups toasted pecans, chopped
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 cups sour cream
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
4 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cup unsalted butter, slightly firm
2 1/3 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. In a small bowl, stir together the sour cream and baking soda. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.
2. Preheat oven to 350F. Generously butter your baking pan(s), line with parchment and butter the parchment.
3. Combine all nut mixture ingredients in a small bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt, and set aside.
4. Cream butter in an electric mixer with the paddle attachment until smooth and lightened, about 2 minutes. Add the sugar, 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time, taking 6 to 8 minutes. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating for 1 minute after each addition, scraping down the side of the bowl as needed. Blend in the vanilla extract.
5. With the mixer on low add the flour mixture alternately with the sour cream, starting and ending with the flour. Mix until just blended after each addition.
6. Spoon 2/3 of the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with 1/2 of the nut mixture. Cover with the remaining batter and smooth it. To prevent the nut mixture from being disturbed, do not pick up the spoon as the batter is spread. Sprinkle with the remaining nut mixture, pressing it gently into the batter.
7. Bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. The cake is done when the top is golden brown, springy to the touch, and a wooden skewer inserted deep into the center comes out clean. Store tightly covered for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 1 month.


Chou said...

I'm not the only one who checks out books based on the cover! Hooray. This sounds wonderful.

glamah16 said...

I too hate long winded recipes. Authors should just break it down , nice and simple. This cake is perfect.

Deborah said...

Thanks for the honesty on the cookbook! I think I will try the coffee cake though... looks good! Anything with pecans and I'm there!

Teanna DiMicco said...

Oh man! Iw ould love a cup of this with my morning coffee right about now!

Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

Looks great!