Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Cardamom Coffee Cake.

The end of summer is drawing near and I've been relying on trusted recipes to see me through these final long summer nights. The summer heat drives me away from the oven and toward simple, low or no heat cooking.  But what I miss most during the summer is baking and I won't allow the heat to deter me from my beloved stove, so I decided to bake you something.

I recently made one of my favorite treats, it's one I learned in cooking school.  It takes coffee cake to a whole new level.  Hold on to your horses, cowboys and cowgirls, this coffee cake honors the blessed spice, cardamom.  Other coffee cake recipes cry out, "We're not worthy!!! We're not worthy!!!!" and it's hard to argue with them.

Cardamom Coffee Cake
2 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. cardamom
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1 c. brown sugar
3/4 c. white sugar
3/4 c. canola oil
1 c. chopped walnuts
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 egg
1 c. buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl or bowl of Kitchen Aid stand-up mixer, mic the flour, salt, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. cardamom, ginger, brown sugar, white sugar, and canola oil.  Remove 3/4 c. of mixture, and add it to nuts and remaining cinnamon and cardamom.  Mix well and set aside.

To remaining batter, add baking soda, baking powder, egg and buttermilk. Mix to combine.

Spread the batter in a prepared 9" square baking pan.  Sprinkle with the topping and bake 40-45 minutes until done.


  1. YUM!!!

    ps-you went to cooking school!??! how did i not know that! i want to hear more tales of that adventure, please :)!!

  2. :) Thanks for commenting, yes I went to a small one in Culver City. I'd like to finish the program eventually, but I need to save money for that!