Sunday, March 13, 2011

Triple Berry Almond Coffee Cake

"Mom, whattcha makin' over there?"  "Some coffee cake."  "Eww... I don't want any of that.  I thought we didn't drink coffee."  Oh, the innocence of kids.  I went on to explain that the cake doesn't have any coffee in it, but it is a delightful soft cake filled with berries and topped with crunchy almonds.  She didn't turn any down after that.  Also, cake for breakfast.  Not just any cake- good cake.  This stuff is moist, sweet, and crunchy.  It puts toast to shame- this does leave little crumbs all over the place like toast, but it sure doesn't go stale within ten seconds.  And an added bonus- you don't have any crust to peel off!  One more perk- it's cake.... for breakfast, in case I didn't mention that already.  
Triple Berry Almond Coffee Cake
Source: Taste of Home Baking Book
1 c flour
1/2 c sugar
3/4 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1/4 t baking soda
1 egg
2/3 c buttermilk
2 butter, melted
1 t vanilla
1/4 t almond extract, optional
1 c blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries (all together- not one cup of each)
1/2 c sliced almonds
1 T brown sugar
1/4 t cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease an 8 inch pan.  

In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.  
In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, egg, butter, and extracts.  
Add the liquid ingredients in with the dry ingredients.  
Mix them just until the dry and wet become one gooey mixture.  
Sprinkle in 2/3 c of the fruit.
Put the batter in the 8 inch pan.  Sprinkle with the remaining fruit.  The original recipe called for only blueberries, but I happened to have blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries all on hand.  The three different berries were awesome in there.

Combine the almonds, brown sugar, and cinnamon.  
Sprinkle it over the top.  Bake the cake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle come out clean.  
Let it cool in the pan for about 10 minutes.  Slice and serve.  
This was so good with scrambled eggs, bacon, and hash browns.  Now that, my friends, is a breakfast of champions.

On a side note- If you ever plan on watching "Fantastic Mr. Fox" while blogging, don't expect to get much done.  I've been working on this puny little post for two hours because my eyes were glued to the movie.  However, any Wes Anderson movie is awesome, so I should have known better to blog while trying to watch one of his movies.

To cake and Wes Anderson!  Cheers.

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