I fell in love with the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook recipe for Buttermilk Coffee cake a few years ago when I needed a recipe that took less than an hour to bake. It wasn’t your typical coffee cake—using only brown sugar it had a caramel tone to it, and the use of nutmeg made it special. And there’s no way I can do it justice in trying to describe how moist it is. I’ve made it several times since and love it.
The other day, Jace and I had a little Starbucks date and I got a piece of their coffee cake to share. Taking one bite made me realize why I like my BHG recipe so much—it tastes just like Starbuck’s Classic Coffee Cake. And, just in case you don’t have the cookbook, I thought I’d share a little something yummy with you.
-2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
-1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-2/3 cup butter, margarine or shortening
-2 teaspoons baking powder
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
-2 beaten eggs
-1 1/3 cups buttermilk or sour milk*
-1/2 cup chopped nuts (which I skip because I can’t have nuts, and the Starbucks version doesn’t use them either)
1. Grease bottom and 1/2 inch up sides of a 13x9x2 inch baking pan and set aside. In a medium bowl combine flour, brown sugar and salt (I like to use extra brown sugar and flour so I can have extra for the topping. This recipe is a little skimpy on the topping). Cut in butter (again, add a little extra) until mixture resembles coarse crumbs; set aside 1/2 cup (and this is where I set aside more than 1/2 a cup depending on how much extra I added in). Stir in baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg into remaining mixture.
2. In another bowl combine eggs and buttermilk. (I like to beat it until it’s a little fluffy.) Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Combine reserved crumb mixture and nuts, sprinkle over batter.
3. Bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean.
*If you don’t have buttermilk, you can sour milk by: For each cup of sour milk needed, place 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar in a a glass measuring cup. Add enough milk to make 1 cup liquid, stir. Let mixture stand for 5 minutes before using. I do this step first and let the milk sour while mixing the other ingredients.
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