Kramer and I had a bit too much fun last night, but that’s okay. We went out to the Good Beer event hosted by Edible Manhattan, where we ate and drank to our hearts’ content (and then some). My favorite, Mile End Deli, was there, along with others, such as The Meat Hook and This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef (possibly Kramer’s favorite). I also discovered some new places to fall in love with, like Fort Reno, who had incredibly overfilled (and incredibly tasty) duck sliders with spicy pickled vegetables. The beers are an entirely different story in that I can’t even begin to tell you which I liked best. They were all really interesting, specifically a sour beer that we had. I can’t remember where from, but it was almost like a cocktail in beer form. It was great to meet some new people, enjoy all sorts of offerings from all over the city, and best of all, be home before 10 PM. I’d call that a win-win-win all around.
More importantly, though, is this Sour Cream Coffee Cake. It comes, of course, from my favorite cookbook: Baked. I know that they have others, but this one really takes the cake (haw haw haw). I’ve written about it dozens of times, from their Root Beer Bundt Cake to their Bourbon Pecan Pie to their Banana Cupcakes, but contrary to what you may think, nobody is paying me to say these things (but everyone has their price – hear that, Baked?) – I just love the book. Truth be told, I’m running out of recipes from this one, so I may have to go out and purchase one of the other two soon, but for now, let’s stick with what we know. This coffee cake is incredible. It’s not too sweet, with a buttery crumb topping and a tender, moist crumb (no doubt thanks to the sour cream…or in my case, yogurt). I didn’t have sour cream in my refrigerator, but I did have Greek yogurt, which isn’t too different from the intended ingredient at all. Greek yogurt is thick and tangy, so I figured, hey, let’s use that. It turned out wonderfully, if I don’t say so myself. Kramer and I had a bit of trouble not wolfing all of these down, but I managed to save enough to bring to both of our offices where they were met with happy, hungry bellies early on a Monday morning. Perfect with coffee or tea, at the beginning of the day or at its end, this coffee cake really hits the spot.
Amazing sandwich from JoeDoe.
The clear winner of the evening – chicken gizzard and lamb bacon skewers from Mile End Deli. Be still my beating (and soon to be clogged) heart.
Delicious shrimp roll from Luke’s Lobster.
Making sandwiches with Melt Shop.
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¾ cup pecans, toasted (optional – I omitted these)
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, cut into 1-inch cubes
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon dark unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1½ teaspoons baking soda
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2½ cups granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs, room temperature
- 16 ounces sour cream (or Greek yogurt)
- 1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- Whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Cut the butter into pieces and add it to the mixture. Cut into the dry ingredients with a pastry cutter, a fork, or your hands. Continue until coarse crumbs form. Roughly chop your pecans, add them, and stir to combine. You can also use a food processor to do this, if you like. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use.
- Whisk together the sugar, cocoa powder, and cinnamon. Set aside until ready to use.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and line a 9×13-inch baking pan with parchment paper, then spray with nonstick spray or butter until well greased. SEt aside.
- Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, beat your butter until smooth and creamy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed, then add in the granulated sugar, beating until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add in the eggs, one at a time, incorporating each one before adding in the next.
- Add in the sour cream (or Greek yogurt) and vanilla and beat until incorporated. Add in the combined flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, a bit at a time, until just moistened. Be careful not to overmix.
- Spread ⅓ of the batter into your pan (it might be a bit thick, but that’s okay, just work with a greased spatula), then sprinkle half of the cinnamon swirl mixture over the batter. Pour another ⅓ of the batter over that, then sprinkle the rest of the swirl mixture, followed by the remaining ⅓ of the batter. Top with the crumb topping.
- Bake for 1 hour, rotating the pan every 20 minutes or so, until the crumb is golden and a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool before cutting into squares. This well keep well, at room temperature in an airtight container, for up to 3 days.