Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Maple Glazed Coffee Cake


When my teenage son takes a piece of something and excitedly proclaims, "Mom!  I can't stop eating this!  Why don't you make things this good all the time???"  I know I have a hit.   This coffee cake lasted almost 20 hours, serving as a side at breakfast, a mid morning pick-me-up, and an after school snack.  As the last piece disappeared amid numerous hands all reaching for what was left, an immediate request went out to make this one again soon!

With such amazing reviews I have to share this recipe that caught my eye about a week ago while I was perusing the Cooking Light Message Boards.  Leonard posted the original recipe and after reading the comments:  "OMG! This is the best coffee cake I've ever tasted!! The cake is so tender, with the lovely buttery cinnamon flavors! The maple glaze is the finishing touch that makes this so incredibly delicious! This one is a must bake!"  I knew this was one for us.  A little brown sugar in the mix provided that deeper sugary flavor and subbing some spelt flour in place some of the All Purpose flour added a touch of whole grain without losing the tender crumb.  The maple glaze is amazing... sweet, yet extraordinarily flavorful, completely balanced with the little brown sugar/cinnamon strip that creates a beautiful, tasty layer in the center of the cake.

A wonderful addition to a brunch table, or simply a light mid morning snack, this cake is a sweet treat. 



Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Maple Glaze
Leonard, Cooking Light Message Board

1/2  cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup  butter, softened
1 egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 cup All Purpose flour 
1/2 cup spelt flour ** (may use all A/P flour if you don't have Spelt)
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
¼ teaspoons salt
1 cup low fat sour cream

For the filling:
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 tsp Cinnamon

FOR THE GLAZE:

1/4 cup pure maple syrup (I used grade B)
3/4 cup powdered sugar

Preheat the oven to 350º.  Spray a 9x5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray.

Beat together the softened butter and sugars until light and fluffy.  Add in the egg, mixing to combine and then add the vanilla and sour cream, stirring just until incorporated.

Whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.  Add to the butter mixture and stir just until incorporated.

Whisk together the brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl, set aside.

Spread one half of the batter into the loaf pan and sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar mixture.  Cover with the remaining batter.

Bake 35 - 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Remove cake from oven and cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack.  Remove cake from pan and cool completely on a wire rack.

When cake is cool, whisk together the glaze ingredients until the glaze is smooth and "drizzleable".  (Add additional maple syrup in small amounts if the glaze is too thick).

With the wire rack over waxed paper drizzle the glaze over the cake.  Let glaze set, slice and enjoy!

** Spelt is similar to wheat in appearance. However, spelt has a tougher husk than wheat, which may help protect the nutrients in spelt. Spelt flour has a somewhat nuttier and slightly sweeter flavor than whole wheat flour. Spelt contains more protein than wheat, and the protein in spelt is easier to digest. This means that some people who are allergic to wheat may be able to tolerate spelt. Spelt has gluten, just like wheat, so spelt is not suitable for a gluten-free diet.

I use spelt frequently in baked goods and breads to increase the fiber content.  I find it in stores with large selections of flour and grains, locally we have Henry's and Jimbo's.  I have also found it at King Arthur flour.

36 comments:

  1. Spelt flour? Never heard of it. Please tell me this is easy to find in stores because this cake looks delicious and fun to try. I seem to be saying that a lot lately but still haven't stepped into my kitchen to do any baking or cooking. Hmm. Must correct that soon.

    Coffee. Coffee cake. Get ready to drool. Hehe. I love anything with maple on it so no doubt I will gobble this one up.

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  2. Don't you love Cooking Light recipes? They're my go-to during the week...and weekends as well (when I'm not featuring a splurge!). This looks fab!

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  3. Kim, I amended the post above for purchasing options! I find mine locally, but not in a regular grocery store. We have Henry's and Jimbo's chains locally and they both stock large quantities of various flours, grains, etc.

    Wendy, I do!

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  4. Yay! I love maple and I love coffee cake. I recently got a huge bottle for cooking with when I went to VT but it's been siting waiting for use. Will try this!

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  5. Holy heaven on earth! Wow, this looks positively amazing! I don't think I would be able to stop eating that after I started haha ;-)

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  6. dessert or snack,this cake is perfect in every moment of the day!

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  7. Your family are a lucky bunch! Another awesome recipe for my to try list, thanks for sharing!

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  8. Maple glazed coffee cake...maple glazed anything I can get on board with. And this one looks absolutely gorgeous!

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  9. This sounds fantastic... I'm about ready for a change from the usual muffins. :)

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  10. This looks amazing!! Reading the description makes me want to try this now!!!

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  11. You had me at 'maple glaze'.
    As I live in the middle of nowhere, and have no spelt flour, I might have to try this with a percentage of whole wheat flour or some wheat germ mixed in.

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  12. Fantastic, simply loved the recipe! Yum...

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  13. I have it in the oven now...smells FAB!

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  14. This sounds so good. I may have to make this the next time we go to our house in Vermont. As Jay has taken to using maple syrup to sweeten his coffee it should be a delightful pairing on a cold morning.

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  15. This looks like a coffee cake that would make my husband make the same comment. I hope to find the spelt flour and try it but in case I will try it with a/p flour. I can't miss out on this!

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  16. What a great looking cake Kim! I saw this on a magazine too and I was like this looked damn good. The way you described it made me want to bake it tonight!

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  17. Mmm... this coffee cake looks delicious. I love that maple glaze. ;-)

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  18. oh men! definitely trying this within a week! gosh, thanks for posting this! :)

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  19. Can't wait to make this!

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  20. i absolutely love coffee cakes! this looks delicious!

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  21. It sounds absolutely divine with the cinnamon filling! The maple glaze just puts it over the top. I can see why it was a big hit!

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  22. I love cinnamon in anything, especially the the maple glaze on the coffee cake. Can't wait to try it.

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  23. Gosh. Your recipes always make my mouth water. I have always loved anything with maple flavor and of course, cinnamon. How could you go wrong with such great flavors? No wonder your son gulped it down. Can't wait to try it. And love that you used Spelt flour instead! I use it too for various types of recipes.

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  24. Wow! That looks fabulous!
    The photos are so beautiful!

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  25. Kids are the best critics and especially teenagers! This coffee cake sounds like it wouldn't last long around here either. Delicious!

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  26. Every word in this title of this recipe makes my mouth water! I can just imagine how good the maple glaze over the tender coffee cake must be:)

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  27. I have known people who used spelt because of food allergies, but haven't thought about using it for fiber. Sometimes the obvious just punches me in the nose. Anyway, thank goodness for Leonard. What a fabulous looking loaf of yumminess.

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  28. I love when I get those compliments from family. It makes us feel so special =). It really does look amazing!

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  29. Cinnamon is my favorite spice. I use it very often in my cooking. I couldn't resist to this sweet if I had it in front of me.

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  30. You had me at maple glaze.......... mmmmmmm

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  31. I just got a can of maple syrup. I don't know if my family would like this, but it looks wonderful to me. Thanks for passing along the recipe.

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  32. This looks delicious! I can't wait to give it a try - I'm always on the hunt for great recipes.

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  33. You know... your posts aren't helping me in my whole trying-to-lose-weight business :-( This coffee cake looks absolutely spectacular! Sorry I'm only getting to this now. Perhaps I will have to make it, though, and give it away :-)

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  34. This looks great! Can't wait to try it!

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  35. I made this cake today and it came out simply perfect. I will blog about it tomorrow...of course giving you all the credit! I think this is our new favorite breakfast cake!

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