Thursday, May 15, 2008

Coffee cake, anyone?

I whipped this up in 15 minutes this morning, just as a friend arrived for a cup of tea :) We only had to wait 40 minutes as it baked before we dug into the fresh, warm, fruit-studded cake. While I'd love to say I sit around all day gabbing and having tea, ridiculously, this was the first time Lisa and I have gotten together without the children in the three years since we met at the kids' school. It was about time, really!

I have a packed day ahead, with two children's spring concerts to attend later today, which involved creating - also this morning - a surprise bee outfit, replete with striped tshirt (felt stripes on an old yellow T), bee antlers (sports headband, pom poms and fuzzy wire) and cardboard wings which really did appear out of nowhere. I had been told the kindergarten children's role in the concert would last just 10 seconds, but I think my effort was worth it after seeing the big grin on the face of my son, who is now a bee.

Back to the cake, I would have added some other fruit, if they had transpired suddenly before me. Feel free to substitute the blueberries with chopped strawberries or cherries or apples or anything else you like.
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp sugar
  • 2/3 stick butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup yoghurt and milk, half and half
  • zest, of 1 orange
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries (or any fruit you like that's bakeable)
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips (omittable)
  1. Sieve together flour, soda, baking powder and salt in one bowl.
  2. In another, cream sugar and butter together
  3. Add eggs and whip till creamy and bulks up in volume a little
  4. Add vanilla and zest, blend
  5. Alternatively, add a little flour and the yoghurt-milk mixture to egg-butter mixture, until all the flour and yoghurt has been incorporated
  6. Stir in the blueberries and white choc chips if desired
  7. Bake at 175C in preheated oven for about 40 minutes or till a skewer comes out clean.
  8. Turn out cake onto cooling tray or serving dish and dust with icing sugar


Jen said...

Hey Super Baker! How could you get a recipe together just out of nowhere?! Despite having baked my favourite brownie recipe for the umpteenth time, I still need to refer to it when the baking urge is there. I baked my first banana cake last week since I moved in to my in-laws place end 2006! I've been warned to steer clear of any disputes with my MIL revolving around the kitchen, cooking and like stuffs as these areas are her "territory". But she is a nice lady who cooks sumptuous meals for us and I'm not a small eater! :p what more can I ask for right? So, I happily abide by that "houserule" and stay out of those areas/troubles. ;) and live happily so far.. haha..

I shall try your recipes one of these days. As I only have limited sized baking tins/pans, does it matter if I used a different shape to yours?

Diva Indoors said...

You can use any shaped pan you like! And yes, stay out of the way in your mum in law's kitchen! ;)