08.22.13 | A RECIPE

on tuesday, landon and i made a buttermilk coffee cake. i try to involve him in as much as i can, especially while cooking, because he thrives on learning new things and helping. plus, it's awful cute to see him stand on a chair next to me in the kitchen, measuring things and pouring them into bowls. and even though it's challenging sometimes, especially when all he wants to do is make a mess, i know that he's enjoying himself and that's all that matters.

without further ado, here's the recipe we used:

buttermilk coffee cake
(mennonite country-style recipes & kitchen secrets)

2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon                                                mix thoroughly with hands (or in mixer)
3/4 cup sugar                                                                  until crumbly. reserve 1 1/2 cup crumbs.
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil

1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup thick sour milk or buttermilk                      combine and add to remaining flour mix.
1 tsp. baking powder                                                    beat two minutes.
1 tsp. baking soda

another 1/2 cup thick sour milk or buttermilk       add and beat two minutes more.

pour into greased 9x13 pan. sprinkle reserved crumbs over the top. bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. serve warm.

variation: before sprinkling on reserved crumbs, sprinkle chopped nuts, coconut, or finely chopped dates over the top. then sprinkle on crumbs and a little additional cinnamon.

i want to share that i especially like the cookbook i took this from. not only are the recipes easy to follow, and they always turn out great, but the author shares the name(s) of the friends/family who let her use their recipes. this particular recipe was contributed by harriet steiner. thanks harriet!

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thanks for the input!