Saturday, April 18, 2015

Peach Streusel Coffee Cake

An easy to make coffee cake from Food & Wine
You don't even have to wait for peach season, go ahead and use frozen peaches!  
But heck, you got fresh?  Use that, of course!

I'm thinking this would be a great recipe with any kind of fruit, so use your imagination and use what you got!

I made this one evening, and brought it to work for a morning meeting.  The springform pan makes it an easier traveler too, the sides of the pan protecting it until you get there.

Makes 9" cake


    1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
    1 cup chopped toasted pecans

Cake Batter

    2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 stick unsalted butter, softened
    1 cup sugar
    2 large eggs
    1 cup yogurt, or sour cream
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    One 10-ounce bag frozen peaches, coarsely chopped

Preheat the oven to 325° and butter and flour a 9-inch springform pan.
Chop Peaches

In a bowl, using your fingers, combine the flour, brown sugar and salt. Add the butter and mix until smooth. Add the pecans; press the mixture into clumps.

In a bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar at medium-high speed until light, 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time; beat in the sour cream and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until incorporated.

Spread two-thirds of the batter in the pan. Fold the peaches into the remaining batter and spoon into the pan. Scatter the streusel crumbs on top. 

Bake the cake for 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean; loosely cover the cake with foil for the last 15 minutes of baking.Transfer to a rack and cool for 30 minutes, then remove the ring and let the cake cool completely before serving.  

Mine looks a little gooey on the top, but it was fully cooked.  I did cook mine about 10 minutes longer than the original recipe suggested, but I did use more than the 10 oz of frozen fruit.

Friday, April 10, 2015

A Very Cherry Manhatten

A Manhattan has many of these same ingredients... except for one.
You know what makes this one different?
Maraschino liqueur, either Cherry Herring or Cristiani.

As I stood in the aisle of the Total Wine or More, I viewed my choices; Peter Herring Cherry (Dutch) or Italian Cristiani.  Same price.  I chose the Italian one, but I struggled.  Later after some research on the internet, I see that Cherry Herring is the iconic best seller.  Next bottle?  Cherry Herring.  I will let you know which one is better. 
We like these so much, I may have to buy another bottle sooner than expected.  Hahaha.

One note,
I expected Maraschino liqueur to be red, but, blissfully, it not dyed a bright ruby color.  No one needs more red dye in their life, save it for the actual maraschino cherry.

(I forgot to photograph the bitters...)

Makes 1 large martini, or two small (...I got an idea!  Make two large & toast with a pal!)

3 oz bourbon
1/2 oz cherry liqueur. Peter Herring or Cristiani Maraschino liqueur
1/2 oz sweet vermouth
A dash of bitters, either Angostura or Peychaud's (I can't decide which I like better...)
Maraschino cherries, for garnish

Mix everything (except the cherry) with ice in a cocktail shaker,  shake, shake, shake.  Strain and pour into a martini glass, garnish with a cherry and serve.