Saturday, September 20, 2014

Cranberry Hazelnut Coffee Cake

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This is my favorite cake at the moment. It is PERFECT. I don't want those fancy cakes with fondant. I don't want a pretty cake with frosting. Heck, I don't even need a glaze. This is my kinda cake. Loaded with flavor, texture and just so much goodness!
I baked it in the evening yesterday, with the intention of cake for breakfast on Saturday morning. Saturday breakfasts are usually special around here. If I know everyone has the day off, I usually make something indulgent. So, my plan was that I would make the cake on Friday evening, photograph it in the morning when the light was good, and then serve it for breakfast. Well, we all know about best laid plans...

One look at the cake, and my husband wanted a slice for dessert after dinner. My daughter wanted a nibble and I was drooling every time I walked past the cake platter. So I did what I had to. Made the ultimate sacrifice. Who needs natural light!!? I just clicked a few shots and we dug in. It is an amazing cake! We had it for breakfast again in the morning....
Make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature for this recipe. You can replace the heavy cream and yogurt mixture with sour cream. I didn't have sour cream, and this worked great for me! If you're using sour cream, just use one 8 oz tub.

Cranberry Hazelnut Coffee Cake
Adapted from this recipe on
115 grams or 1/2 cup heavy cream
115 grams or scant 1/2 cup natural yogurt
1 tsp vinegar
185 grams or 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
25 grams or 3 tbsp corn starch
200 grams or 1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 large egg plus 1 large egg white
1 tsp vanilla extract
70 grams or 5 tbsp butter, softened
2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, cleaned and halved

Streusel Topping:
30 grams or 1/4 cup sifted flour
1 tbsp flax seed powder
50 grams of 1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
15 grams or 1 tbsp butter, melted
A pinch of salt

1. Prepare a 9" spring form cake tin by lining the base with grease proof parchment paper and brushing the sides with melted but or spraying with cooking spray.
2. In a small bowl, combine the yogurt, heavy cream and vinegar. Set aside while you get the rest of the ingredients assembled.
3. Combine all the streusel topping ingredients and set aside.
4. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, corn starch, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk to combine.
5. In another medium bowl, whisk together the egg, egg white, vanilla and 1/4 cup of the yogurt mixture. Whisk to combine.
6. In a large bowl, combine the remaining yogurt mixture and the soft butter. Mix well using a whisk or an electric mixer. Beat for 3-4 minutes. 
7. Preheat your oven to 180C/350F.
8. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture and mix in until just combined.
9. Add 1/2 the egg mixture and mix till combined.
10. Add another third of the flour mixture and mix just until combined.
11. Add the remaining egg mixture and incorporate.
12. Add the last of the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Do not over mix.
13. Into your prepared tin, spoon half of the cake batter and spread it in an even layer.
14. Sprinkle the top of the cake batter with all halved cranberries.
15. Cover the cranberries with the remaining cake batter and spread it evenly.
16. Sprinkle the top of the cake with all the streusel topping.
17. Bake in your preheated oven for 45-50 minutes or until the cake is risen and golden and a skewer entered into the center of the cake comes out clean. The cake will fall a little as it cools. 
18. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before releasing from the spring-form tin.
19. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

This cake tasted best when it was slightly warm. I had no complaints the next morning either. The cake was amazingly delicious the next day too. Every one, including my 20 month old who doesn't have a sweet tooth, loved it.
The cake is not too sweet. Light, soft cake, tart berries and crunchy nuts - a taste of heaven! The tart cranberries and the crunchy hazelnuts and the nuttiness of the flax meal makes for an amazing combination of textures and flavors.

If you have company coming over, or are planning a brunch or an indulgent breakfast, this is the recipe for you. Make this and please write to me here or on my Facebook page, share a picture with me, and let me know how much you loved it! I just know you'll love it! Until next time :)
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Mary Alena said...

Just got this in my email and may I say I am blown away by your photographs. The cake looks spectacular but your pictures take the cake!! I love how good the cake sounds too. I am bookmarking it and will make it soon. Thank you for sharing. Blessings to you.

Prarthana said...

This is so my kinda cake too! Making this tomorrow!!! Thank you!

What Kate Baked said...

I love these kinda crumble cakes- I too would ALWAYS choose them over a fancy iced creation! Such a pretty layer of cranberry

theharriedcook said...

Wow thank you, Mary! I really appreciate that you took the time to leave me that sweet comment :) the photograph wasn't professionally taken. Just an iPhone. So glad you like it. I'm sure you'll love the cake when you try it! Can't wait to hear when you do... Thanks again!

theharriedcook said...

Thank you Prarthana! So glad you like it. You really should try it. Such a good cake! Thanks for your comment :)

theharriedcook said...

Thank you, kate! I see we have similar taste in cakes :) and the cranberry layer just pops, doesn't it? Thank you for your comment!

Preethi said...

Hi....where can i find fresh cranberries in chennai ?

theharriedcook said...

Hi Preethi. Fresh cranberries aren't available here, as far as i know. I used frozen berries. I got them in nut & spices in Annanagar. The brand is called 'very Berry fruits'. Hope this helps!

Preethi said...

thanks so much heading to nuts n spices right away ;)
will try this over the weekend n let u know how it turned out for me.

Preethi said...

thanks so much heading to nuts n spices right away ;)
will try this over the weekend n let u know how it turned out for me.

Preethi said...

It sure did help,I bought the craberries and i did make the cake was awesome.I really loved it and so did my family.No words to explain,It made my day :)

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