Sunday, February 17, 2008

Maida Heatter is the best!

Still no time with Robb...(frowny, pouty face)...

But, this morning Kevin made some noise about a cinnamon coffee cake. So we cracked open Maida Heatter's Book of Great Desserts and were easily persuaded by her description of the curiously named "Budapest Coffee Cake". She says that this is one of the most popular recipes in all of her books and that she has received letters and proposals of all sorts because of this cake. How could we resist? Especially since we had all the ingredients- lucky us!

3/4 c dark brown sugar
1 T cinnamon
1 T cocoa
3 T currants
1 c walnuts
Mix all together.

3 c sifted A.P. flour
1 1/2 t b. powder
1 1/2 t b. soda
1/2 t salt
6 oz. butter
2 t vanilla
1 1/2 c sugar
3 eggs
2 c sour cream
Sift together all the dry stuff.
Beat butter, add vanilla and sugar, beat a minute or two. Add eggs, one at a time. Beat to very smooth. Alternately add dry ingredients in three additions and sour cream in two.

Butter a 12 or 14 cup bundt or (similar) pan. Start with batter making 4 layers of batter and 3 of filling. Drop it by the spoonful and spread it.

Bake for about hour. Test it. Cool 5 min., turn out to rack.

She says to put a glaze on it while hot.
2 c 10x with 1 t vanilla and 2-3 T hot milk, but I will try it without the next time.

I wonder how soon there will be a next time for this one. There are 4 others in this chapter entitled "coffee cakes, nut cakes, fruit cakes and cakes made with fruit" that we have our eyes on.

Really, I can't recommend this author highly enough.



joyforbaking said...

Now this is one I have to try! It looks and sounds delicious. Just wait 'till I get some sour cream.

Anonymous said...

I've made this cake over the years and suddenly had a yen to make it again but could NOT FIND IT in my Maida Heatter books since I couldn't remember the name of the cake...

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