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Cardamom-Crumb Coffee Cake

May/June 2008

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Cardamom's distinctive floral and spice aroma makes for a delicious and unique coffee cake. A member of the ginger family, it is widely used in the baking of Scandinavia and the dishes of Eastern India. If you prefer to go more traditional, cinnamon also works wonderfully in this cake.



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Cardamom-Crumb Coffee Cake

Makes: 12 servings

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Ingredients

Oatmeal Crumb

  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats, divided
  • 1/4 cup white whole-wheat flour, or whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom, or cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Cake

  • 2 cups white whole-wheat flour, or whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom, or cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup nonfat buttermilk, (see Tip)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation

  1. To prepare oatmeal crumb: Combine butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup oats, 1/4 cup flour and 1/2 teaspoon cardamom (or cinnamon) in a food processor. Process until the mixture is crumbly. Turn out into a bowl and add the remaining 1/2 cup oats and walnuts. Combine with fingertips or a fork until blended.
  2. To prepare cake: Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat an 8-inch-square pan with cooking spray.
  3. Sift 2 cups flour, baking powder, 1 teaspoon cardamom (or cinnamon), baking soda and salt together in a large bowl. Whisk eggs and 1/2 cup brown sugar in a medium bowl until well blended, gradually whisk in buttermilk, oil and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients in 2 additions, stirring each time to thoroughly blend the ingredients together.
  4. Spread half the batter in the prepared pan. Sprinkle half the oatmeal crumb evenly on top. Spoon the remaining batter over the crumbs and gently spread in an even layer. Top with the remaining oatmeal crumb.
  5. Bake the coffee cake until browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes. Serve warm.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 4, cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day; add about 10 minutes to the baking time.
  • Tip: No buttermilk? You can use buttermilk powder prepared according to package directions. Or make “sour milk”: mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup milk.

Nutrition

Per serving: 300 calories; 13 g fat (5 g sat, 3 g mono); 51 mg cholesterol; 41 g carbohydrates; 6 g protein; 3 g fiber; 203 mg sodium; 79 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Iron (20% daily value).

Carbohydrate Servings: 3

Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 other carbohydrate, 2 1/2 fat


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Recipe Categories

Ease of Preparation
Moderate
Total Time
More than 1 hour
Servings
8 or more
Preparation/ Technique
Bake
Ethnic/Regional
American
Meal/Course
Brunch
Health & Diet Considerations
Low cholesterol
Low sodium
High fiber
Publication
May/June 2008
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