Happy Monday, all…if there is such a thing. I haven’t done a Monday Made It post since summer, when I did this spectacular project, my polka-dot bedroom wall.
I’ve been doing crafty things since, but nothing exciting enough to connect back to Fourth Grade Frolics’ linky. Until now!
What you may not know about me is that I love baking. I mean, I LOVE baking. If there wasn’t the pesky nuisance of all the business stuff a girl needs to do to have a business, I’d happily quit my job to knead bread, frost cookies and fry donuts on a daily basis. In order to stay balanced, one thing I really enjoy doing is experimenting in the kitchen. Luckily, I have two built-in guinea pigs in the boys (aka the hubby and the son) who will try anything once. Well, anything without coconut, that is. So I’m always trying to tweak and twist something old to make something fun and new, and this time I think I succeeded!
Greek Yogurt Coffee Cake
While hubby was away at basketball practice Saturday morning, I got inspired to try something new. I’ve had a spice cake mix languishing away in my pantry, and a tub of greek yogurt on the verge of going bad in my fridge. I had a hungry hubby coming home in an hour and didn’t feel like cooking…so the idea was born.
First, I scoured Pinterest recipes for baking with greek yogurt. Yes, there’s a chart on the side of the yogurt that tells me substitution ratios for baking, but I wanted real recipes to toy with. I scrolled around until I felt fairly certain that I could manage the ratios with the mix and went to work.
Greek Yogurt Cinnamon Crunch Coffee Cake
1 box Spice cake mix (I imagine you could use a yellow cake mix as well)
1 cup greek yogurt
1 cup water
Cinnamon Crunch Ribbon and Topping:
1 stick (1/2 c.) cold butter, cut into squares
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 c. white sugar
1/2 c. oats
1/2 c. flour (I use whole wheat because I like the texture but all-purpose works perfectly, too)
1 t. pumpkin pie spice
1 t. cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 13×9 pan and set aside.
Make cinnamon crunch topping by mixing butter, brown sugar, white sugar, oats, flour and spices in a medium bowl. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut butter into small pieces. If the butter is giving you fits, try what I do: use your hands to squeeze the sugars and spices into the butter. You want to end up with a fairly uniform mixture the sizes of large peas. Set this aside.
Make coffee cake by combining cake mix, yogurt and egg in a medium bowl. Beat for one minute with a mixer set on low speed, then beat for two more minutes on medium speed. It’s gonna look yummy…
Pour half of the batter in the prepared pan and smooth out with the spatula or a knife.
Sprinkle half of the cinnamon crunch butter mixture over the batter, then top with the remaining batter in six large dollops. You can just dump the batter on top as well, but I find this helps even out the second layer.
Using the spatula or knife, smooth the dollops of batter into the second layer of coffee cake
Sprinkle the top of the coffee cake with the remaining cinnamon crunch butter mixture
Bake for 34 minutes or until a knife inserted near the middle comes out clean. Cool slightly before cutting into squares.
I can make the coffee cake look great, but the real test of success was when the boys came home and dove right in without making a comment about the taste or texture. Actually, the opposite happened. Hubby had to make himself stop eating the cake because I was making eggs for a late breakfast, and he didn’t want to fill up. Even better, this morning (the day after the cake, which I covered tightly overnight to help maintain the moistness), the kid raved about it, going so far as to thank me for making it because he ate it last night when got in from hanging out with his friends.
Even when I came clean today and admitted I’d used the greek yogurt and not the traditional oil and eggs, neither batted an eye–they just kept eating it over the course of the day.
Do you have a favorite coffee cake recipe? I’d love to hear it! Let me know how this one works out for you–I think you’ll enjoy it.