With busy schedules for everyone, it can be hard to get together after work to celebrate a birthday. Therefore, a plan was made to meet for breakfast before work. Living where we do, Mother Nature was not kind to our plans. Instead of going to breakfast, each of us was snowed into our respective homes.
Time for a plan B to be formed. Consulting our calendars, we found that two days later we each had time for breakfast. However, due to childcare commitments, it would need to be a quick celebration. With that in mind, I suggested that we meet at work, and I would supply a simple, yet tasty breakfast. This was agreeable to the birthday girl, and I began to ponder options.
One of my favorite breakfast treats is scones, but this friend has sampled my scones many times. I wanted to make something new for our meal. I also wanted something that would not be work intensive in the morning when I would be getting myself and two children ready for the day. Pondering options, I decided on a coffee cake that would allow me to do most of the work the night before and bake it in the morning.
When I arrived at work the coffee cake was still warm. As I cut each of us a slice of the coffee cake, you could smell the cinnamon. This aroma mixed with the smell of fresh, hot coffee that my friend graciously had brought for the occasion. Each of us thought the coffee cake was tasty: tender, slightly moist, and gently sweet. With the combination of simplicity and tastiness, this will become a frequently used recipe.
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup buttermilk1/3 cup butter, melted
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2/3 cups raspberries, fresh or frozen
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
- In a 2-cup measuring cup, combine milk, butter, and egg.
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, and mix well.
- Fold in berries.
- Pour into a greased 8×8 baking pan.
- Combine brown sugar, chopped walnuts, and cinnamon; sprinkle over batter.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, preheat the oven to 350.
- Uncover the coffee cake and bake for approximately 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean.