Special-Morning Coffee Cake
Snoozing along, under a warm quilt, snug as a bug and oblivious to the world...when the sweet scent of sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla gently wakes you.
Yawning and stretching, gratefully accepting a cream-laced, steaming cup of coffee and sinking into the generous pillows behind your back.
A gorgeous tray is lovingly placed over your lap and the site of golden, melting butter atop a wedge of cloud-like cake - melted nuggets of brown sugar and spice sunk into it's depths, greets you.
Ah, Heaven on a lazy Sunday morning!
Now, if only we could find a benevolent baker and server to bring to life this fabulous dream....
Vegetable cooking spray
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup milk
1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat an 8x8 inch baking pan or a 9-inch springform pan with the cooking spray and set aside.
In a small bowl, with a fork, mash together the softened butter, 1/4 cup flour, brown sugar, sugar, and cinnamon. (It will be more creamy instead of dry like a traditional streusel. But this will cause the clumps to fall into the cake instead of sit on top. Yay!)
In a small bowl combine the 1 1/2 cups flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl beat the egg and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the melted butter, milk, and vanilla. Add the flour mixture all at once and stir together just until incorporated. Don't overmix.
Pour into prepared pan and dot the surface with the brown sugar mixture. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until moist crumbs cling to a toothpick inserted in the middle. Best served toasty warm.