Monday, 12 May 2014

Pecan Streusel Coffee Cake

The Pecan Streusel Coffee Cake from the book Coffee Cakes: Simple, Sweet and Savory by Lou Seibert Pappas is the next bake for the members of The Home Bakers. The Home Bakers  is hosted by Joyce from Kitchen Flavours. If you are keen to join us, please contact Joyce.


I also happen to be the host for this recipe so I have included the full recipe in my posting below. I've always had a weakness for baked goods made of pecans. During my childhood days, my mum would make a delicious pecan pie so very often. Its very expensive to buy pecans locally (though its not difficult to find) so when my mum who was visiting from the USA bought me a bag of pecans I decided its time to start baking to relive my childhood memories. 


The best part of this cake is undoubtedly the streusel topping. The distinctive flavours of the nut are enhanced by cinnamon forming a beautiful crunchy topping to the cake. This goes well with the spongy and moist butter cake. It was a delicious tea time treat. 


Pecan Streusel Coffee Cake (9 inch)
Recipe from Coffee Cakes: Sweet, Simple and Savoury by Lou Siebert Pappas

Streusel Topping Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp cold unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup pecan halves
Cake Ingredients
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (reduce to 1/4 cup)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk or low fat plain yoghurt
Method
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9 inch spring foam pan and line the bottom with round parchment paper.
  • To make streusel topping: In a medium bowl or food processor, combine the butter, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cut the butter in with your fingers until the mixture forms coarse crumbs. Stir in the nuts and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugars with a wooden spoon or an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth. 
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir to blend. 
  • Add to the creamed mixture alternately with the buttermilk/yoghurt in 2 increments. Beat until smooth. Spread evenly in the prepared pan and sprinkle evenly with the topping.
  • Bake for 30 to 35 mins or until the cake is golden brown and a cake tester inserted in the centre comes out clean. Let it cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes and then remove the pan sides and let it cool completely before serving. 

29 comments:

  1. Mich, I have problem of getting into your current post b4 since yesterday I think from my dashboard, everytime when I clicked, it links to your previous posting, the chocolate orange cake. So now I just click on your blog's name & took me to Google Circle, from there, I could get in here. I didn't have many encounters with pecan nuts b4. I can imagine how delicious this cake could b4 with a mix of nuts & ground cinnamon in 1 recipe!

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    1. After leaving this message, I went to my dashboard to try to click into this posting & it works now

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  2. I love all these versions of crumb cakes/streusel cakes/coffee cakes!

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  3. Hi Mich,
    This is one lovely cake! Pecans are indeed very expensive, so I used them rather sparingly! Haha! My family enjoyed this cake very much, and we finished it all by the next day!
    Happy Mother's Day!

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  4. What a coincidence. I made streusel coffee cake too a few days ago but using walnuts. Like you said the best part of the cake is the streusel :)

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  5. Hi Mich! Take note of this cake using pecan as pecan is expensive over here too, but the taste is so delicious! I can imaging how delicious the cake is with pecan!

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  6. This is a really amazing cake Mich!

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  7. Oh boy - I love a good coffee cake and haven't had one in a long time! Yours really looks moist and wonderful!

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  8. Thank you so much for choosing this recipe. My hubby has proclaimed it an all time favorite which means, I will be baking it again and again.

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  9. Mich, I would enjoy this cake very much! I love pecans but can't afford to have them too often.

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  10. doesn't this look so wickedly delicious.! i'm reserving this for church bake!

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  11. This cake looks very fine and moist and would be perfect for breakfast and for tea-time too!

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  12. I can see why you have chosen this recipe to try, it looks so delicious with the streusel toppings, and yes, pecans are very expensive here too so I only buy them for very special occasions.

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  13. Pecans are expensive but they're such a treat! I get them once in a while too but most of the time I just substitute with walnuts. Delicious loooking cake!

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  14. Hi Mich,

    I like this cake too. Great choice!

    Zoe

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  15. looks yummy especially the topping, attractive.

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  16. Love the sound of this, could just go a slice!

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  17. Se ve muy rico y crujientes su streusel una verdadera delicia,abrazos

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  18. Mich , another delicious cake ! I haven't tried making a streusel topping before but it looks simply delicious and a good contrast to this soft and fluffy cake :D

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  19. Hi Mich, oh yes pecans are expensive ... I noticed that pecans and pine nuts are not easily available in Cold Storage either. Delicious cake !

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  20. What an amazing cake recipe! I think pecans are expensive just about anywhere, too bad because they taste fantastic. Thanks for sharing:)

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  21. Great pick Mich! I've just baked this cake & totally love it ! YUM ;)

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  22. Omggg...yeah the best part of the cake IS streusel topping!!! I didn't know how much I love pecans until I had a really good pecan pie. That fall, I ate pecan pies every chance I got. I haven't made one myself but I'd love to do that one day. Your coffee cake with pecan streusel topping is VERY tempting! I might scape up all the topping before I serve. =P

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  23. I love pecan and coffee together so I think this cake is right up my street!

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  24. I love coffee cakes with streusel and pecan. This one looks lovely.

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  25. Hi Mich, this cake look really tempting. Great combination! Off course it go well with a cup of nice coffee. :))

    Have a wonderful week ahead,regard.
    Amelia

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  26. I love streusel cake down to earth. And yours just tempted for more baking. Life has been pretty hectic eversince my FIL passing. Hope I can visit more often. :o)
    Enjoy & have a great week ahead.
    Blessings, Kristy

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  27. Hi Mich!
    So glad you saved a piece of this Pecan Streusel Coffee Cake for me, it's my favorite! Really:) Thanks for sharing, Mich...

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  28. Hi Mich,
    I love pecan nuts too. Oh yes, it is expensive here too. I never miss to ask for a bag of pecan nuts when my sil come visit from Melbourne :p
    Your coffee cake look soooo delicious. Especially the streusel top.. Yum!
    mui

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