Friday, January 13, 2012

Buttermilk Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Happy Friday, friends!  Who's ready for the weekend?  Ummm... we are!! 

There are few things in life as wonderful as waking up on a Saturday morning knowing you don't have to rush out the door for a meeting, class, or appointment.  To brew a pot of coffee and settle down on the couch to read the paper or clear out your DVR watching all the TV shows you missed while running around for the past week.  The only thing you need to make a lazy Saturday morning even better is a warm piece of homemade coffee cake!  Even if you don't have the time for a relaxing morning, we suggest making this Buttermilk Cinnamon Coffee Cake ahead of time and wrapping it up to grab as you run out the door.  This sweet morning treat will surely grant you a few minutes of bliss before diving into your busy day!

-2 cups flour
-1 tsp baking soda
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/4 c oil
-1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
-1 c buttermilk
-1 egg
-1/2 Tbs ground cinnamon

**Since this is a budget recipe, we suggest making your own buttermilk so you don't have to go out and buy a whole container.  It's really simple!  Put 1 Tbs white vinegar in a liquid measuring cup.  Fill with milk to reach the 1 c line.  Voila!  You have a cup of buttermilk!

What she'll look like before baking.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine oil and 3/4 c of sugar.  Add buttermilk and eggs, and mix until well combined.  In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, and salt.  Mixing on a slow speed, gradually add dry ingredients to buttermilk mixture.  Continue mixing just until combined.

In a small bowl, combine 1/2 c of sugar and 1/2 Tbs of cinnamon.

Pour 1/3 of batter into a greased 9x9 baking pan.  Top batter with 1/2 of cinnamon sugar.  Pour remaining batter into baking pan and top with the second half of cinnamon sugar.  Use a knife to gently swirl batter in pan.  Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Raise your coffee cup and say "cheers" to lazy Saturdays and recipes from home!

Tall and Small

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