Friends just happen, don't they? When I had stepped into a new school, a new country and completely new world years ago, soon after my 10th, I could hardly make friends there except a few. I didn't want to shift my school, leave my old friends; couldn't think of the fact that they were all together and I was the only one who got separated from them. Nevertheless, I had pretty much decent experience in The Model School(TMS),Abu Dhabi. Teachers were friendly, students were much more competitive than I saw in India,which helped me to study like never before.
Recipe time: Nothing is more inviting than a gorgeous looking coffee cake with a surprise hidden inside served along with tea or coffee..Ooh laa laa.. you can't stop eating this vanilla goodness with the crunchy streusel on top and middle of the cake. It's even better the next day ;if we have the patience to let it stay a day for its flavor to get blended with each other.
Courtesy: Ina Garten
Unsalted butter 12 tbsp ( 1 1/2 sticks) ,at room temperature
Granulated Sugar 1 1/2 cups
Eggs 3 extra-large, at room temperature
Vanilla extract 1 1/2tsp
Sour Cream 1 1/4 (Click here)
Cake flour 2 1/2 cups (Click here)
Baking powder 2tsp
Baking soda 1/2 tsp
Salt 1/2 tsp
Brown Sugar 1/4cup,packed
All purpose flour 1/2 cup
Cinnamon powder 1 1/2 tsp
Cold unsalted butter 3tbsp, cut into pieces
Walnuts/Almonds 3/4 cup chopped (optional)
1.Preheat oven to 170C.
2.For the streusel, place the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and butter in a bowl and pinch together with your fingers until it forms a crumble. Mix in the walnuts, if desired.
3.Beat the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer for 4 -5 minutes until light and fluffy.
4.Add the eggs 1 at a time. Then add vanilla and sour cream. Mix well.
5.In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
6.With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture to the batter until just combined. Finish stirring with a spatula to be sure the batter is completely mixed.
7.Spoon half the batter into the pan and spread it out with a knife. Sprinkle with 3/4 cup streusel. Spoon the rest of the batter in the pan, spread it out, and scatter the remaining streusel on top. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean.
8.Let cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes. Carefully transfer the cake, streusel side up, onto a serving plate.
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