The invention of Brunch is a good one. Breakfast and Lunch rolled into one very rich and fattening meal. Now that it is finally getting cold here, I want Brunch. Egg casseroles, grits, coffee cakes, fruit and all else that goes with Brunch- a nap. Each Christmas, I know its over, just wait, I make this NJ Coffee Cake for Christmas Morning. The great thing about this cake is that one recipe makes 3 eight inch cakes. So we keep one and two are given away or put in the freezer for another winter day. The only reason I can think of that this is called NJ Coffee Cake is because it mimics Entenmann’s Crumb Coffee Cake that is famous in the North East and was a favorite of Frank Sinatra’s. Does anyone know for sure?
One year for Christmas my SIL Ellen gave me one of these cakes along with the recipe. I have been making this cake every Christmas for over ten years now. This cake is so delicious and I love the crumb to cake ratio- lots of crumb, little cake.
January is the time of year I drink many mugs of hot tea so I think I will be pulling another NJ Coffee Cake from the freezer to go with my afternoon tea. Should I call it a tea cake then? This cake freezes perfectly so is nice to make and have a few for potlucks, the office, or a big brunch.
While cakes are baking-prepare the following crumb mix by mixing the following ingredients until crumbly.
4 cups flour
4 sticks of butter or margarine, softened
1 1/3 cup sugar
2 T. Cinnamon
1 T. Vanilla
Sprinkle the crumb mixture over the cakes once they are done the first 15 minutes and bake them another 17-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Note- You may want to make these in disposable pans as it is easier to give away and not have to ask for your good cake pans back. That would be poor form. I found these 8 inch pans with the clear lids at my local grocers.
Tomorrow in BRK- Brunch Part II: Hot Fruit Salad. See the above photo? The Fruit Salad is peaking out from behind that delicious NJ Coffee Cake. Join me all week for more Brunch Recipes!
Happy Epiphany! Now I can take my Christmas Tree down.