How many of you still have guests in the house over the holidays? Show of hands, people!
After a while, it gets rough to keep feeding everybody. Sure, it’s nice the first day, but as house guests linger on, keeping up the hosting duties can be a real drag. That’s when it’s nice to make a really quick coffee cake for breakfast. Not for them, you understand. They can have Cheerios. This cake is for you!
I like having a warm, fresh cinnamon-laden treat first thing in the morning. I mean, who doesn’t? That’s why cinnamon rolls are popular. But this is a much simpler option, and all those flavors are still there.
This winter break, we’re having a staycation. Luckily, the D.C. area is full of activities, but these days are pretty exhausting. We wake up, chase the kids, drive them around, chase them some more, and eat at irregular intervals. It’s lots of fun.
I’d be lying if I said I weren’t more than a little jealous of anyone who went anywhere this week. People jet to Florida, or ski resorts, or indoor water parks. We considered all three options before we realized that, once again, our kids are a little too young this year to justify all the expense. If we’re going to shell out thousands of dollars for a few days, shouldn’t they not just be able to remember it, but also be able to do whatever activities are available?
Let’s just say that I can’t picture my youngest, who is a tiny person, being happy at a ski resort. She’d probably just cry a lot, and then I’d start crying too. Nope, a staycation is a much better idea. Plus, that means I can bake a lot and send you even more recipes!
For example, I’ve got fondue coming your way this week along with another video about the perfect fondue dipping plate, which includes these champagne brownies for New Year’s. Stay tuned! But first things first. Coffee cake.
This gets mixed up in about two minutes flat and baked in less than half an hour. The cake itself isn’t very sweet, which is perfect for coffee cake. The cinnamon in the middle and on top gives you all the sweetness you need, and I like to use brown sugar instead of regular in my cinnamon-sugar topping. It’s just a better flavor, and it caramelizes a bit more in the oven.
If you’re dealing with company this week, eat cake. If you’re having a busy staycation, eat cake. If you’re at work, eat lots and lots of cake. That’s about all the advice I have for you. Next time I see you, there will be fondue!
Quick and Easy Coffee Cake
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup milk
1 cup sugar
3 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Topping and Filling
1 and 1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
- Preheat the oven to 350. Line an 8-inch square pan with foil and coat with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine the sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- Beat the oil, applesauce, eggs, vanilla and milk until combined. Add the dry ingredients and stir until smooth.
- Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan. In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and brown sugar and sprinkle half the mixture over the batter in the pan. Layer the remaining batter over the first layer and sprinkle the remaining cinnamon-sugar over the top. Drizzle the butter evenly over the surface.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes until set and done. Cut into squares and serve!