April 29, 2011

spring treats #4: Peach Streusel Coffee Cake

this recipe was one of the main events for Alex's graduation brunch last weekend. the recipe was adapted from Williams-Sonoma, and if i do go through with this webisode thing, this recipe will most likely be the first recipe i show. simply because i can't wait to make it again. the recipe is delicious, and really doesn't have too many ingredients in it, and it's relatively simple to make! i am so excited to share this with you today :)

Peach Streusel Coffee Cake
adapted from Williams-Sonoma

for the streusel:
3/4 c. flour
1/3 c. packed brown sugar
1/4 c. granulated sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
6 tbsp. cold butter cut into small pieces
preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter and flour a 9 inch springform pan. a glass square 8x8 baking dish can also be used (if using a glass dish reduce heat to 325 degrees). to make the streusel, in a bowl mix together the flour, brown sugar, sugar, and cinnamon. add the butter and blend the butter with the flour mixture with a pastry cutter or your hands, until coarse crumbs form. set aside.

for the cake:
1 1/2 c. flour
3/4 c. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg
1/2 stick melted butter (cooled)
1/2 c. milk
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. almond extract
2 firm, ripe peaches peeled and sliced, or 1 can sliced peaches
in a bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. in another bowl, using your stand mixer or an electric mixer, whisk together the egg, milk, butter, vanilla, and almond extract until creamy, 1-2 minutes.
pour the creamy mixture into the flour mixture and just until they are combined. do not over mix! mix just enough so there are no lumps or dry spots.
spoon the batter into the pan or dish and spread evenly. align the peaches in a circle on top of the batter, pressing them into the batter slightly. sprinkle the batter and peaches with the streusel evenly.
bake until the streusel is golden brown and a toothpick in the center comes out clean, about 40-45 minutes.
transfer to a wire rack for twenty minutes, and then if using a springform pan, remove the sides. serve the cake warm or at room temperature. 

enjoy friends! make this over the weekend, i promise you'll love it! 

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