Thursday, August 26, 2010

Weekend Fare: Raspberry Crumb Coffee Cake w/Maple Frosting

This coffee cake is so delicious and goes along with the raspberries for this week. The combination of raspberry, cinnamon, vanilla, and maple is scrumptious. What a perfect recipe for weekend brunch, overnight company, or just because. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

(adapted slightly from Emeril Lagasse)
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1 teaspoon butter
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 lemon, juiced
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 stick plus 4 tablespoons butter
2 eggs
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup buttermilk or sour milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons milk

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease an 11 by 7 by 2-inch rectangular pan with the teaspoon of butter. In a saucepan, combine the raspberries, 1/2 cup of the sugar and lemon juice. Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer the mixture for 3 minutes. In a small bowl, whisk the water and cornstarch together. Stir the slurry into the fruit mixture. Cook and stir the mixture for 4 minutes. Remove the pan and cool completely.

 In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream 8 tablespoons of butter and remaining 1 cup of the sugar. Add the eggs, 1 at a time. In a small mixing bowl, sift 3 1/2 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together. Add the flour mixture and buttermilk, alternately to the butter mixture. Mix thoroughly. Mix in the vanilla.

 In a small bowl, combine the remaining butter, remaining flour and brown sugar together. Using your hands, combine the mixture until it resembles a fine crumb-like consistency. Spread half of the batter into the prepared pan. Spread the fruit mixture over the batter. Drop heaping spoonfuls of the remaining batter over the fruit mixture, about 1-inch apart. Sprinkle the crumb mixture over the entire pan. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown.

 In a mixing bowl, whisk the powdered sugar, maple syrup and milk together. Set aside. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes before drizzling glaze over top. Cut into slices and serve warm.


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