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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Crumb Cake (Without the crumbs)

Crumb cake with strawberries and cold milk
This is another recipe I grew up on.  Since we lived on a farm we had an endless supply of nearly all of the ingredients.  It started off as a crumb cake recipe but I am not overly fond of the crumb topping (plus the crumbs sink to the bottom of the cake when baking at this altitude).  Therefore I improved the recipe according to my preferences, eliminating the crumbs and substituting butter for olive oil.  I have never made this cake with sugar or white flour.  In my opinion the beauty of this recipe is its simplicity and wholesome ingredients...the cake has a lovely, earthy, nutty flavor and is subtly sweet thanks to the honey and the whole wheat flour. 

2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup olive oil (on the farm, we used butter because we had tons of it)
1/2 cup honey
2 eggs
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
 1/4 cup ground flaxseed (entirely optional)
1 tsp. cinnamon (also optional)

Milk
fresh or frozen fruit

Mix dry ingredients.  Mix wet ingredients.  Mix both mixtures together.  Pour into a greased 8"X8" pan (I usually use a deep pie dish) and bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Serve the cake hot or cold soaked with milk and topped with lots of fresh fruit (strawberries are my favorite).

7 comments:

  1. This sounds fabulous, and simple. I can't wait to try it, with some fresh fruit, yummy!

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  2. I'm thinking maybe Aiden and I need to make this today --- although if I don't bake bread soon we're liable to have mutiny.

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  3. let me know how you like it!

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  4. Made it this afternoon. It is heavenly good. Serious comfort dessert --- like strawberry shortcake on crack.. lol

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  5. Oh, and I used butter because that's what I have.

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  6. Yay! The best part of it I think is that there aren't any "puffy" aftereffects that eating cake made of white flour would produce. It is so wholesome and simple. I think I'll buy some more strawberries and make more tomorrow.

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  7. Also, my mom uses coconut oil in it instead of butter now. I actually don't like it because when served cold it results in a greasy film on the roof of your mouth...but warm it is even more heavenly.

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