Operas and cows. What?! I’m sure those are two words you never thought you’d see in a sentence, but I have your attention don’t I? 😉 Last weekend my husband and I stayed with family in Vermont and I brought a huge basket of baked goodies to thank them, including this tasty poppy seed coffee cake.
This breakfast cake is a delicious vanilla based cake loaded with sweet pockets of poppy seed filling and topped with a streusel.
Poppy Seed Coffee Cake Recipe
(About 9 servings)
Ingredients for Topping:
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 tablespoons butter
Ingredients for Coffee Cake:
- 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs, separated, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 can (12.5 ounce) poppy seed cake & pastry filling (I used Solo brand.)
Directions for Topping:
- In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, dark brown sugar, and baking powder.
- Using a pastry blender or your fingers, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Directions for Coffee Cake:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Grease an 8 x 8 baking pan and set it aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside the dry ingredients.
- In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg yolks and set aside. (About 1 minute)
- In a large bowl, cream the shortening and sugar until fluffy.
- Mix in the egg yolks.
- Mix in half of the dry ingredients and half of the milk. Repeat with the remaining half of each.
- In a separate small bowl, using an electric mixture, beat the egg whites on High speed until stiff peaks form.
- Gently fold the egg whites into the batter. (The batter will be thick and dough-like.)
- Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan.
- Make indentations in the batter with the back of a spoon and press teaspoonfuls of the poppy filling into each indentation until you use up the whole can of filling.
- Sprinkle the topping over the cake.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
- Allow the cake to cool for at least 20 minutes before cutting into it.
Source: Magnolia Bakery
There are many recipes that require you to whip egg whites until you get “stiff peaks.” The photo below is your goal. See how the peak stands up? This is not a difficult process, but does require a lot of patience because it takes a few minutes.
Baking Tip: If you got even the tiniest fleck of yolk in your egg whites, start over. They will literally never form any sort of peaks at all. Something about the fat in the yolks messes up the process I think.
Poppy seed filling is super sweet, full of spices, and of course loaded with lots of poppy seeds.
Mmm streusel. It’s some seriously good stuff and I could put that on top of almost anything.
Are you ready for some cake for breakfast? If you can’t enjoy it on a weekend get-away, when can you? 😉
For those of you who know me, I only post about recipes that I love (it must get at least a 3 hat rating) and be something I would make again. However, today I’m taking a slight detour from that approach. This time, the rating I’m giving it is based on everyone else’s opinions instead of my own. I’m not a fan of poppy seeds and you really need to be with all that wonderful gooey poppy filling.
The recipe sounded interesting and I was eager to try something different. When I tasted it I wasn’t a big fan of it so I put it aside and I didn’t think I’d bring it to VT or blog about it. However, my husband tried it after talking me down from the ledge and said it came out great. He likes poppy seeds and said it came out exactly as it should have. When he couldn’t stop eating it, I figured that I had a winner. He said it was delicious and I should definitely bring it to VT. Guess what? It was a HUGE hit with the family! Alrighty then. Just goes to show ya, everyone has different taste buds.
I love those dark colored pockets of poppy seed filling against the light colored cake. I know, I’m a bit of a photography geek so the contrast was a lot of fun to see in the pictures. I love it when something tastes and looks great.
Have you ever been to an opera? This past weekend we saw our second one, The Italian Girl in Algiers at The Opera Company of Middlebury, VT. It was entertaining and actually quite funny. I had no idea that operas could be comical.
Our family’s home is surrounded by cow farms and in fact the home itself is on 75 acres of fields and forest. It was so nice to get away from fast paced reality. The next two photos are views from the house. They were taken with my cell phone so I’m sorry about the poor quality, but I simply had to share them with you to give you a glimpse of what we enjoyed.
It was slightly overcast on Saturday but the temperature was absolutely perfect for chilling out on the front porch with coffee and baked goods. It was so relaxing and peaceful.
When I went out for a morning run, I bumped into some “friends” (which were in this case actually cows). 😉 I quickly turned around when they simultaneously looked up at me and started to walk quickly towards me. Little did I realize that they were securely fenced in. I thought I was going to be trampled but they know how electric fences work and stopped well short of the road.
We had a wonderful weekend in VT and I was happy that my basket of goodies was a huge hit. Stay tuned for future posts of other breakfast goodies that I included in the basket. (Hint, hint.)
Here are some other awesome coffee cake recipes.