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Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Welcome to the second annual brunch week hosted by Terri of Love and Confections and Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen!  Join us May 5th through 10th while we celebrate the deliciousness of brunch and to prepare for Mother’s Day and summer brunching season.  We have 32 bloggers bringing you their best brunch game, from cocktails to eggs benedict to donuts, there is something for everyone this week.  Our amazing sponsors have donated some great prizes for a gigantic giveaway, please visit them all for more information.

Cinnamon Coffee Cake from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  with lots and lots of crumb topping!This coffee cake has been my nemesis.  Falling, melting, pitching a fit.  It’s the most uncooperative cake I’ve worked on in a while.

I finally decided that coffee cake has a mind of it’s own, and it would never be as pretty, as picture-perfect, as I hoped.

I consoled myself with the fact that everyone’s slice chunk of cake disappeared in no time, and at least one family member went back for seconds.  And thirds.  And gushed about how delish it is.

I’m having a chunk right now, as a matter of fact.  I’d tell you it helps me think, but honestly, the only thing I’m thinking about is crumb topping.  And lots of it.

Cinnamon Coffee Cake from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  with lots and lots of crumb topping!

I’m really enjoying Brunch Week, by the way.  Lots of bloggers, lots of brunch recipes, lots of fantastic ideas, and just in time for Mothers Day.  Have you seen this list of fantastic stuff?

We’re also hosting a crazy big giveaway, with tons of prizes and tons of winners!  Enter the giveaway here!

Cinnamon Coffee Cake from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  with lots and lots of crumb topping!Cinnamon Coffee Cake from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  with lots and lots of crumb topping!


Brunch Beverages:

Brunch Eggs:

Brunch Mains:

Brunch Breads:

Brunch Fruit and Sides:

Brunch Desserts:


Want more? Check out these breakfast baked goods!

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Cinnamon Coffee Cake
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A heavy cinnamon coffee cake with generous crumb topping
Recipe type: Cakes
Serves: 9
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅔ cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  1. Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs, sour cream, and vanilla, and mix well.
  2. Add soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon, and mix well.
  3. Add flour and mix until combined. Batter should be heavy.
  4. Pour into a 9x9 pan.
  5. To make crumb topping, mix butter, flour, and brown sugar. Use a fork to mix until crumbly. Pour topping over batter.
  6. Bake cake at 350F for 60-65 minutes. Let cool before slicing into 9-12 pieces.


Pomegranate Ice Cream Topping

Is it possible to die of fright?  If so, my son (The Fruitarian) nearly met his maker tonight when a big spider ran out from behind the toilet.  Not only does he hate spiders, but he kind of startles easily, too.  It was a double whammy.

How about dying of boredom?  That one I don’t believe is possible, because only boring people are bored, as I am apt to tell my children.  I’m never bored, because I always have so much to do.  I barely have time to read anymore.

I have, however, been dying of envy lately, when my parents made a trip to Europe to attend my sister’s destination wedding.  After the wedding, they went on a two-week Mediterranean cruise, mostly around Greece and Croatia.  I stayed home and enjoyed a thunder-snow-storm, among other amazing things.


On the other hand, I think they were dying of homesickness before they got home.  Thanks to a combination of Frankenstorm and stand-by tickets, they were stuck in Europe an extra 5 days.  And not the warm part of Europe.

I asked my brother, who works for an airline, whether he could get them some actual tickets.  He said, Sure, for $3500.  Ouch.

Upon returning home, my Dad, one of the world’s great cheapskates, reported about the price of hamburgers in Zurich.  Around $13 US at McDonald’s, and more like $30 US in the hotel restaurant.  His solution was to purchase his lunch at Costco on his first day home, a hot dog and a drink for $1.50.  It makes him feel more like himself.

I told my Dad to get himself some ice cream at the grocery store, and I would contribute some ice cream topping.  He was thrilled to get a little jar of this yummy Pomegranate Syrup.  I was a little sad to let it out of my sight.

Who knew that mixing pomegranate arils with some sugar and water, and just a touch of my favorite thing EVER, almond extract, would yield such amazing {and dare I say, beautiful?!} results?  I mean, let’s just say you’re not a big fan of chocolate syrup or hot fudge on your ice cream…

..I don’t see any reason in the world why that would ever happen, but let’s just say.

If that were the case, you would be so happy to have pomegranate syrup for your ice cream.  Or your pancakes.  It’s not just me that believes dessert foods are breakfast foods, is it?

Pomegranate Ice Cream Topping
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A simple pomegranate syrup makes an excellent ice cream topping.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4
  • 1 cup pomegranate arils
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ tsp. almond extract
  1. Combine pomegranate arils, sugar, and water in a pot and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10-12 minutes, until syrup thickens and has a dark purple color.
  2. Remove from heat and add almond extract.
  3. Serve warm or cold over ice cream.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Hot Fudge Sauce from Jen’s Favorite Cookies

Pomegranate Panna Cotta from Easy Cook

Yogurt & Pomegranate Dessert from JungleFrog Cooking

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Chocolate Sheet Cake with Cherry Topping

Do you like camping?  Our family goes camping a fair amount in the summer.  We’re cheap, and we camp in a tent, which means that we have to think about meals very carefully.  And by “we,” of course, I mean “I.”  I mean, tents don’t come with stoves and ovens, and carrying pots and pans on a tent camping trip is Not. Fun.  And so, fire danger threat level permitting, we usually use a cast iron dutch oven and make one-pot meals.

What I really love about the dutch oven is the desserts.

Okay, let’s face it.  What I really love about any kind of cooking is the desserts.

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Cinnamon Waffles with Cooked Apple Topping

We probably eat waffles once a week at our house.  They cook quickly, and everyone loves them, and it is easy to create variations with chocolate chips, fruits, spices, and fun syrups.  This week, I kept the waffles simple and made a nice apple topping to give them some life.  It was pretty simple, and only took a few minutes to do.  I see more of these fruit toppings in our breakfast future!

I used Gala apples, because frankly, that’s what was in my fridge.  I love Gala and Fuji for eating plain, but normally use something more tart like Granny Smith or Pink Cripps for cooking with.  The really lovely thing about the way I cook is that I am not that picky!  I will use what I have and make the best of it, even if it is not ideal.  I probably would not use a softer apple for this, however.  Something like Red Delicious is too sweet and soft to work well cooked.

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