Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day!!!

This time of year makes me reflect back on my childhood. Both of my grandmothers' birthdays were one day apart in May. I miss them every year when Mother's Day arrives! These amazing women were the individuals who both provided me with my interest in baking and the support to fail or succeed with it.

My father's family is originally from Northern New England. A quiet little town with a paper mill, a covered bridge and a fresh water spring on the edge of town. No, I am not kidding! When I would go back there to visit, I loved it because it was like going back in time. There was no major traffic, no cell phone service (shocking...i know!), and a quite nature when with those you care about was just about the best thing about it. Time slowed down and when family was together we actually spent time on the porch talking, doing day trips to Ben and Jerry's or a venture into nature. Some times I wish I could get back there on occasion now....

One of my favorite things about visiting was waking up every morning to baked goods from the kitchen. My grandmother was of the tradition there was a coffee cake made almost every morning to go along with breakfast. These were the only times I really ever ate coffee cake....but every so often when my memories take me back I always want to bake one....

So I share with you my Quick Coffee Cake recipe. I personally add cinnamon to the batter since I am a fan but I also think apples would be pretty tasty as well! Guess I will save that for the next time I bake one.

I wish everyone a wonderful Mother's Day with those you love and wonderful memories of those who are no longer with us! I love you, Grammie!

Quick Coffee Cake

1/2 C Unsalted Butter, softened
1 C Sugar
2 Eggs
2 C Unbleached Flour
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1 Tsp Baking Powder
1 Tsp Vanilla
1 C Milk (can replace w/ Buttermilk or Sour Cream)

1/3 C Brown Sugar, packed
1/4 C Sugar
1 Tsp Cinnamon
1 C Pecans, chopped

In a small bowl, combine topping ingredients and set aside.

Grease and flour a 9 x 13 pan, set aside. In a large bowl, combine butter, sugar, eggs, flour, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla and milk. Mix until combined. Place half of batter on pan, sprinkle with half of topping. Place rest of batter on top and sprinkle with remaining topping.  Bake for 30 minutes or until testing with a toothpick comes out clean.

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