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Thursday, February 21, 2008


a perfect weekend treat :: coffee cake

last weekend we went a'visiting. we have these 2 good friends who we spend weekends with every now and again when we can figure out a time that works for all of us. the best part of these visits is that we all love to eat. and we eat well. i love the way good conversation (which somehow we manage to sneak in even with 2 kids around) can center around meal preparation. sharing a meal or grazing all day which we often do is such a simple and wonderful way to spend time with friends. when thinking of what to bring to as a contribution to a weekend of good eating i decided quiche. who doesn't love a good eggy, cheesy pie? i made a nice one with cheddar and canadian bacon. yum! but, i wasn't satisfied with just that. i needed to bake. i still craved something breakfasty, but sort of sweet. so, i decided it had to be coffee cake. and of course, whenever any kind of cake is called for, i reached for Rose Levy Beranbaum's The Cake Bible. i love this book. i love rose. she's a my baking hero/guru. i received her book The Bread Bible for my birthday last year. after having borrowed it from the library 3 times last year, i was so excited to finally own it! so far, i've made the bagels the pizza dough both several times and love both the recipes. home made bagels are just. . . divine. maybe next year i will score her Pie and Pasty Bible! o, yes, it will be mine. i've emailed rose to find out if i can reprint her recipe her. since her work is copywritten and she hasn't posted many recipes on her website, i feel i should not post it here without her permission. if she grants it, i'll add the recipe here. if you like coffee cake at all, her recipe is WONDERFUL. i think i over cooked mine a tad, it came out a little dark and a little dry, but the flavor was YUM. so good. for any of you who enjoy baking as much as i do. get yourself a copy of The Cake Bible. it's more than a cook book, it's an amazing resource. my only complaint is that i wish it had more photographs!


Blogger slush said...

My hubs loves coffee cake. Its prob one of his fav sweets. Yours looks great, incredibly thick!

February 21, 2008 at 2:08 PM  
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March 10, 2008 at 5:26 PM  

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