Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake


Pic by Badmovie, cake by teh internets (linked beow the cut).

For Badmovie’s birthday TheMan and I gave him a “Bread of the Month” club, which is basically us baking tasty breads for Badmovie to nom on. It’s win-win for both parties since we like baking and Badmovie likes eating bread. This weekend I decided to do something with blueberries because I wound up with a pint of them and blueberry stuff is tasty. I had a conference with my Webfriend Google who lead me to this site for some delicious looking blueberry streusel cake bread. Hey, it’s my gift and I’m counting it as bread!! Anyway, this recipe stood out not only because the picture looked tasty but because it had sour cream in it, which I had to use half a carton for in the Kahlua cake I made the same day.

Ingredients
1 8-ounce carton dairy sour cream
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
3/4 cup chopped nuts
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries, thawed

Directions
1. In a small bowl, stir together sour cream and baking soda. Set aside.

2. In a mixing bowl, beat granulated sugar and butter with electric mixer on medium speed until well mixed. Beat in eggs and vanilla until well mixed. Add the flour and baking powder; beat until well mixed. Pour the foamy sour cream mixture into batter; mix well.

3. For topping, in another bowl, combine brown sugar, cinnamon, and nuts. Set aside.

4. Spread half of the batter into a greased 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Sprinkle blueberries over batter. Sprinkle with half of the topping. Carefully spread remaining batter over all; sprinkle remaining topping over.

5. Bake in a 325 degree F oven for 55 to 60 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve warm or at room temperature. Makes 16 servings.

PRODUCTION NOTES
1. I made this with turkey eggs which may or may not have accounted for the batter oddness. It’s not that I was being super uber cool with my turkey eggness but that I had misjudged how many of the dozen and a half eggs I had left before baking 4 things which all called for eggs. My 5 chicken eggs went to the two cakes while turkey eggs went into the bacon cornbread and this recipe. As is, the kahlua cake called for 4 eggs so really most of what I baked this weekend was turkey egg heavy. That said, I found the batter to be a bit gloppier than I thought it ought to be. The “carefully spread the rest over the top” portion became a chore of trying not to rip up the layer of batter as it was spread around. That was tedious. On the other hand, the cornbread was also more gloppy that it has been in the past but I didn’t immediately blame the turkey eggs since I had to sub in whipping cream for the milk. I need to be a little more aware of what I have and do not have before starting a recipe!

2. The one nice thing about having a thick batter is that the blueberries didn’t sink to the bottom. That’s a mighty fine line of blueberriness there!

3. This recipe makes a whole lot of topping (and inner filling as they are the same thing). I’m quite sure you could cut the topping in half and still have enough. As is, we were trying to find places to put the last of the topping that didn’t already have a ton of topping on them. For future makings of this recipe, I would recommend putting about 75% in the middle layer and 25% on the top. The middle layer tends to get absorbed by the dough and half the streusel was a little overwhelmingly STREUSEL on the top.

4. Speaking of topping, this one has a surprising lack of butter in it. Most streusel recipes call for a butter/sugar/flour (cinnamon) mixture but this one is pretty simply sugar and cinnamon. I thought it would burn in the oven but it fared quite well. Huh!

5. I did not add nuts.

6. Badmovie reports that he hadn’t quite decided if he liked it or not, he would need more time (and CAKE!) to study. Lots more cake. Mmmm, cake.


2009: Too much streussel, not enough updating.

2008: Using your favorite graphics program combine these three elements to design your album cover and post the result.

2007: I think he had to type in my license number to make sure I wasn’t a bad egg, except there was no Q on the type-pad. None. Apparently, nobody’s last name begins with Q so they didn’t bother to put one on.

2006: Blueberry nothing for you today.

2005: Did I even spell streusel right? Spell check wants me to change it to chartreuse. Heh.

2004 : HaHO! And a Happy Birthday to Dirge, Gwen and Addie.

2003: Man am I feeling good this morning. I took one of those 9 hour naps and woke up today at 4am.

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