Cranberry coffee cake bursting with plump cranberries and topped with a toasted pecan and cranberry struesel. Last year I served this delicious coffee cake on Thanksgiving morning and everyone gave it rave reviews. I will definitely be serving this coffee cake again this year on Thanksgiving morning. It is so perfect with a steaming cup of coffee or tea. Despite the name, it doesn’t have coffee in it, and is not a coffee-flavoured cake, but a cake meant to be eaten while having coffee. So start that coffee pot and get ready for some seriously delicious coffee cake.
Cranberry Coffee Cake
For the Streusel:
- 1/2 stick unsalted butter
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup chopped toasted pecans
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons minced orange zest
For the Cake:
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 2 1/4 cup sugar, divided
- Zest of 1/2 orange
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 4 eggs, plus 1 egg yolk
- 3 sticks unsalted butter, softened
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Coat a 9 inch square baking pan with nonstick spray. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up the two short sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. Spray again with nonstick spray.
- To make struesel: In a small bowl, melt butter; stir in the flour, pecans, dried cranberries, sugar and orange zest; set streusel aside.
- To make the cake: In a food processor, pulse fresh cranberries, 3/4 cup sugar and orange zest; set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, cinnamon and baking powder. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together eggs and egg yolk; set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream butter and remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar. Add flour mixture and egg mixture alternately to butter mixture, beating well after each addition.
- Transfer half of batter to prepared pan; top with cranberry mixture and remaining batter, smoothing each layer. Use a knife to swirl batter and cranberries; top cake with streusel.
- Bake cake 55 to 60 minutes; cool on rack for 20 minutes before serving.
Source: Cuisine at Home, December 2009