Cooking with Love

Thursday, November 15, 2007

The "Comforting Coffee Cake"

Had a long hard day. The week is almost over and all I can think about is the weekend. Hiking on the beach in this wonderful weather (yep - it's still shining and warm). I just wanted something comforting. Something that will make me feel good at home.

There is a great coffee cake that I just love. Its moist and has all those homey flavour and aromas. And its really easy to make. And even better - I had all (well almost all) the ingredients.
And it smells sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good!!

Comforting Coffee Cake
(adapted from Gil Hovav)

Ingredients:
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 TBS. Vanilla
1/3 cup strong coffee (espresso is best)
200 grams butter (room temp)
4 TBS. Brandy or Cognac
1 cup sour cream
2 1/2 cups self rising flour
1/2 cup halva, chopped (can use more if you like - I do!)
mix of: 2 TBS. sugar, 2 TBS. cocoa, 1 TBS. coffee (not crystals) pinch cardomom, pinch cinnamon (I used nutmeg as I was out of cardomom)


before baking
Preheat oven to 175 degrees and butter a bundt pan.

Yummy
  • In electric mixer beat butter and sugar till light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs and continue beating.
  • Add vanilla.
  • Add sour cream
  • Add brandy
  • Mix in the flour.
  • In seperate bowl mix sugar, cocoa and spices.
  • Pour half the batter in the bundt pan. Sprinke half the spice mix and halva pieces.
  • Pour rest of the batter and cover with remaining halva and spice mixture.
  • Bake in over approx. 35 minutes - until toothpick comes out dry.
  • Cool and yummy!!!

You will love this cake all year round.

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