I don’t know about where you live, but summer is “officially” here in May despite what the calendar says; and, because we live here (Visit Pensacola), summer means visitors. What better way to get these visitors ready to spend the day seeing the sights around our beautiful adopted hometown than with a yummy coffee cake for breakfast? Now, I know Marissa has bragged previously about find the Coffee Cake recipe to beat them all, but this old family favorite will never be replaced as far as I’m concerned…and, if those are surprise visitors, you don’t have to worry, chances are you’ll have all of these ingredients on hand! We’ve even called it “Poor Man’s Coffee Cake” because the ingredients are simple and bound to be found in your kitchen pantry.
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground ginger
½ tsp. ground nutmeg
1 stick margarine or butter
½ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 egg, beaten
½ cup milk (I use 2%)
½ cup chopped nuts (I like to use pecans)
½ cup raisins
Beat together sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and margarine until you have fine “crumbs” – RESERVE 1 cup of dry mixture. Into the remaining dry mixture (still in the mixing bowl), stir beaten egg, milk, baking soda and baking powder. Add nuts and raisins (optional, but make the cake so much better!).
Sprinkle half of the reserved dry mixture in bottom of lightly greased 8”x8” baking dish.
Spread the batter and then sprinkle the remaining reserved dry mixture over the top.
Bake 30-40 minutes at 350°, or until pick comes out clean.
And, if you don’t believe this is an old family favorite, take a look at this recipe card … tattered and stained — proof! :-)