I was raised in a home where it was the norm for someone to bake cookies, a cake, a batch of bread or rolls at least a couple of times a week. It was the rule-or perhaps one of my older sister's just told me this to get out of their hair-that we could not learn to bake cookies until we turned eight. By the age of eight years and one month, I had the recipe for chocolate chip cookies memorized and still do today.
But there was so much about baking I never understood. Why were my cookies sometimes burnt, sometimes spread out all over the sheet-sometimes crispy other times chewy? This made no sense to me. Of course, I later realized ingredients and measurements are key to baking. Too often I swapped butter for margarine, forgot baking soda all together or just threw in some flour instead of actually measuring it.
I am impatient and often graze the instructions instead of actually reading them-people like me make bad knitters and bad bakers. As I get older, I try-really try to be more patient-more understanding. So, last week after getting this book from the library-I decided to bake.
My favorite cake as a child was actually not a real cake at all. It was a Pillsbury mix for a cinnamon streusel loaf. We would then bake it in a bundt pan and add chocolate chips. It was awesome. To me, chocolate and cinnamon sounds wrong-but it always worked so well in that cake.
I can no longer find that cake mix-and I am sure that is good because it was probably loaded with trans fat. So, I tweaked a recipe for cherry streusel cake and came up with this:
Chocolate Chip Cake with Cinnamon Oat Streusel
1/2 cup butter
2 cups flour
1 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
1 cup sugar
1 t vanilla
1/2 cup plain yogurt*
1/2 cup sour cream*
about 1 cup chocolate chips
streusel (to follow)
glaze (to follow)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter 9 inch tube pan.
Mix together the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla for several minutes until they are blended and there appears to be no giant lumps of butter. Combine the flour, powder,soda, and salt and mix in a small bowl. Add that to the buttery-sugar mixture a bit at a time alternating with spoonfuls of the yogurt and sour cream. Once everything is in-mix until just combined.
Fill the pan about half full with batter. Toss in a half of the chocolate chips-or more if you want. Just sprinkle them around. Sprinkle on top of that half of the streusel mix. Then add the rest of the batter-then chips-then streusel.
Bake about 45 minutes and let cool for several minutes before removing it. Once cake is well cooled-add the glaze-yum! Not for the faint of heart!
*(you can do a whole cup of yogurt or sour cream instead-i just like the mix)
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 stick of butter
1 t cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar
Mix together with a fork or pastry blender. Form small butter lumps and refrigerate until needed.
1/2 cup powdered sugar
splash of milk
mix and drizzle over cake!