Break for Mom with Cardamom Coffee Cake

cardamom-coffee-snack-cakeYears ago a commercial came out with the jingle “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…” with a Dad skipping through school supply aisles tossing paper and pencils in the basket with glee as the little tykes stood, arms crossed, scowling at the apparent joy dad was having welcoming in back-to-school. It has to be one of the best ads ever done, because we still refer to it, with a smile. This month I shared easy back to school recipes to help with the schedule madness and healthy after-school snacks for the kiddos. Now, it’s time for mom to take a break; to sit back with a cup of coffee (or tea) and delight in a little snack all on her own in this wonderful recipe for Cardamom Coffee Cake.

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Cardamom is a wonderfully delicious spice that is sometimes forgotten in baking, as most folks use cinnamon instead. If you have never used this spice before, this coffee cake recipe is a great way to try it out to see if you like it.

I love to read cooking magazines and if I can apply the recipes into my daily menus, I tend to hang on to them for years and years. One such magazine is Everyday Food, brought to us by Martha Stewart. This recipe is one that was shared in the September 2010 issue and was a reader submission. It is absolutely divine!

Cardamom Coffee Cake

3 cups flour

2 cups sugar

1 Tbsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt

¾ c (1 ½ sticks) butter

2/3 cup buttermilk (or plain milk)

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1/3 cup plain yogurt (or sour cream)

1 tsp. vanilla

¾ tsp. cardamom

1 tsp. lemon zest

To Make:

Cardamom is a wonderfully delicious spice that is sometimes forgotten in baking, as most folks use cinnamon instead. 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch square pan.

In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt; mix well. Cut butter into small cubes. Add to flour and with a fork or pastry cutter; cut in until large crumbs form (about the size of peas). Set aside 1 cup of this mixture.

In separate bowl, whisk eggs, buttermilk, yogurt, vanilla, cardamom and lemon zest. Pour into dry ingredients and stir until combined.

Pour into prepared pan and sprinkle with prepared 1 cup topping you set aside.

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Bake for 45-50 minutes or until top is golden brown and toothpick tests clean.

Let cake cool for 10 minutes on rack before cutting and serving.

How could you pass up a cake completely dedicated to Mom? I mean, the spice has it right in the name: cardaMOM. So, after that big yellow bus pulls away, slice yourself a piece of this cake, pour yourself a cup of coffee, and take five. Back to school is the most wonderful time of year!  

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Break for Mom with Cardamom Coffee Cake

Kelly Pugliano is a wife, mom to a soon-to-be-college student and one-not- far- behind, freelance writer, photographer and a lifelong foodie who shares her love of cooking and baking through photographs good enough to eat. Seeming to be a permanent fixture in her Upstate NY kitchen, you will often find her creating tried & true recipes from family archives or testing out new delights found by reading countless cooking magazines, watching Food Network or scouring Pinterest. If not behind the ... More

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1 comment

  1. LIZ says:

    i gonna make this for my coffe time

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