Tuesday, March 24, 2009

TWD: Blueberry Crumb Cake

This week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was chosen by Sihan, of the blog, Befuddlement. I urge you to visit her blog for the recipe, because you won't be disappointed!

I am such a sucker for anything slightly resembling a coffee cake....My 2 sisters and I get this from our Mom, of that I am sure. She was a big fan of coffee treats/coffee cakes. Back in the day it was Viking...then it was Entenmann's..and sometimes a Sara Lee..and other times Mom would whip up her own quick breads--orange, lemon---the almond was my favorite because it reminded me of Stella D'oro breakfast treats (ANOTHER fave of mom's).

These days my sisters and I will let each other know if anyone spots a Sara Lee Butter Streusel Coffee Cake--that was 'THE' coffee cake for the 3 of us--we could polish off an entire cake on a Sunday morning easily!

To this day when my sisters and I gather, we usually make a point to set the meeting time for late morning--I think it's because we all know it means an extra pot of coffee...and treats of some sort!

I wish I had a gathering planned when I made this blueberry crumb cake, because it would fit the bill so perfectly!

I made it a few weeks back upon seeing that fresh blueberries were on sale at my grocery store. Everything came together so easily for the batter--this and the yogurt cake were such simple recipes that taste like they take more effort than they truly do!

I took for granted that I had walnuts in the house--and found that I actually barely had any--only had 1/2 of what the recipe called for--so I used half walnut-half slivered almonds for the topping--came out great!

The only downfall was the top came out baked a bit more well-done than I wanted...I sacrificed the edges and topping to be sure the middle was baked through. It was not burned by any means, but it just meant the pieces closest to an edge were drier than I wanted.

I brought half into work, and Dear Husband and I enjoyed the other half. Everyone seemed to really like this one..

I can't wait to make this summer when I can get out and pick some blueberries locally ...I have a favorite blueberry cobbler recipe--so this will be a nice spin on another blueberry recipe when I end up with more blueberries than one can shake a stick at and am looking for something beyond muffins and cobbler!

It's been starred in Dorie's cookbook for me now...2 weeks in a row, 2 home run recipes!!


Cathy said...

It looks great! You definitely need to make this again when you and your sister's get eat it together. I agree that there is something magical about a coffee cake. Makes me want to start gabbing immediately. Glad that this was another home run!

Anonymous said...

Your cake looks great - I like the slivered almonds on top.

Jil said...

Yum! That is beautiful!

Jennifer said...

I wonder how this would bake up in a 9x9 pan? Mine really filled up the 8x8.
It was really great and I adored the topping. In fact, I probably shouldn't make it too often because I liked it a bit TOO much!

chocolatechic said...

I love anything coffee cake.

Especially the crumb topping.

The Blonde Duck said...

Popped in to say hi! This looks delicious!

Flourchild said...

Great looking cake! Im so glad you liked it. I thought it was a great recipe and the cake was so good! I will make this again with fresh blueberries, this summer!

margot said...

Looks wonderful. Glad you had two weeks of home runs!

Pamela said...

That's great! Congrats to you on 2 successes! The cake looks wonderful!

TeaLady said...

I have always loved coffee cakes and they went out of style for awhile. Now they are back. Mom used to make one every Sunday morning.

This one was good. But like you I overbaked and the edges were a little dry. But Hubs liked it, sooo

Yours looks just right.

Engineer Baker said...

Just perfect - definitely better than the Sara-Lee one, wouldn't you agree?