Let's face it—brunch is a meal designed to further the consumption of alcohol. And even if a simple coffee cake and a pot of coffee is all you have to offer, then by all means flavor it with a few drops of booze.
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Moravian Sugar Cake is a traditional Easter breakfast, though fluffy and sweet coffee cake is always in season. The secret to this warm, yeasty bread's lightness is the addition of mashed potatoes.
Those little cellophane-wrapped Drake's cakes were always my favorite before going gluten-free. Unlike most coffee cakes, which have a dense, heavy crumb, Drake's is light; the texture similar to a moist sponge cake. And that delicate texture proved the hardest part of creating this gluten-free version. But eventually, they came out just right.
This recipe is super easy to make will make you feel like a gourmet superstar as you casually throw your bag of whole berries onto the conveyor belt with the same abandon as the following packet of frozen peas. When the person in line behind you asks what you're going to make with those cranberries you can smile and say, "What, these old things? I've got a nice little coffee cake recipe. No big deal."
The cake itself is soft and falls apart at any nibble pressure, especially after a few minutes in the toaster oven as recommended on the box. Dave Evans, who started Connie's Cakes as a tribute to his late mother, also suggests a swipe of butter atop the warm cake. The recipe dates back to his childhood in Indianapolis.
I wouldn't be surprised if more people were familiar with Lithuanian coffee cake in New Haven, Connecticut, than in Lithuania proper. Why do the locals, namely Yalies, love this treat from Claire's Corner Copia so? Three reasons: the dense sour cream cake, the middle brown stripe (sweet raisins and walnuts coated in brown sugar and coffee grounds), and the buttercream frosting. While most coffee cakes are just nice things to nosh on between gulps of coffee, this one actually has coffee in it.
For a recent private party held at the new restaurant where I'm pastry chef, I was asked to make some sort of special little package of goodness for each guest to take home after the party. Because it was to...