Monday, September 23, 2013

Raspberry-Chocolate Coffee Cake

I know, I know… I’ve been posting far too many dessert-type recipes lately.  I *do* bake and cook more than just sweets, but the cakes and such seem to be the recipes which make it onto my blog. 
While the cake itself is quite plain, a ripple of berry filling studded with chocolate and an almond crumb topping makes it quite delectable.


Raspberry-Chocolate Coffee Cake

Ingredients
Filling:
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 6 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp cold water
  • 3 cups (frozen) raspberries (mixed berries also work*)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • ⅛ tsp almond extract
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
Cake
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Crumb Topping
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup flour
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ⅓ cup sliced or chopped almonds
Instructions
Filling:
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the first three ingredients and whisk until smooth.
  2. Add berries, cook over low heat, stirring occasionally.
  3. Bring mixture to a boil, let boil one minute, stirring constantly.
  4. Remove from heat, add lemon juice and almond extract.
  5. Let mixture cool.
Cake:
  1. Sift together flour and next four ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Cut in the butter until crumbly.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and vanilla.
  4. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture.
  5. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and combine, mixing until just combined.
Crumb Topping:
  1. Cut together first three ingredients, add nuts.
Assembly:
  1. Grease a 9×13 pan and spread ⅔ of the cake batter evenly in the pan.
  2. Spread berry mixture over batter, sprinkle the chocolate chips on top.
  3. Use a spoon to dollop the rest of the batter over the berry and chocolate layer, smoothing out as best as possible.
  4. Sprinkle crumb topping on top.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or til tests done.
Notes
*If you use a berry mix with blueberries, you may have to use a food processor or blender to break down the berries further before assembling the cake.

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