Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Rain, rain - you can stay!

It's a fabby day to bake to-day!

So Marge & I whipped up a 'Reliable Recipe' from the 29th Edition of the Calumet Baking Powder Company's cook book. American Coffee Cake. I'm sure it's just what hits the spot for Ted Nugent after a long day of deer hunting and rifle cleaning. And cans of Coors.

I can't find a publisher's date on the book, but rest assured that 'EVERY INGREDIENT USED [is] OFFICIALLY APPROVED BY U.S. FOOD AUTHORITIES.' Great.

Who in the hell are these authorities? The mad men that want to sneak Calumet Baking Powder into every thing you bake. I can see Don Draper's storyboard illustrating the 'Level. Rounding. & Heaping teaspoons to bake by. And I'm cool with that.

American Coffee Cake
2 1/4 c flour
2 level [double check the dandy illustration for levity] teaspoons Calumet Baking Powder
1/2 level teaspoon [you're on your own] salt
3 tablespoons butter
1 egg
1 scant cup milk [aka just shy of a cup]
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon mace [I subbed cinnamon]

Sift flour, measure and sift three times with baking powder, salt, spice and sugar. Work in butter with tips of fingers or a knife. Beat egg, combine with milk and add to dry ingredients. Beat until thoroughly mixed. Turn into a square [I walked on the wild side with my rectangle] cake pan and spread with the following mixture:

1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs [I, mom of 2, had none. So I subbed old-fashioned oats. Would Calumet approve? Bah.]
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon mace [again, I feel safe in my neighborhood, so I subbed cinnamon]
3 tablespoons butter [level? heaping? you be the judge. I did melt it, though.]

Mix all together; spread on cake [we opted for messy crumbling so we could lick our fingers] and bake in a moderate oven thirty to thirty-five minutes @ 325-250 degrees.

A tinsy bit bland. But isn't that the joy of retro baking? Moist - definitely at its peak when served warm - and the sugary-sweet crust that forms is a keeper. Chase it with a cup of joe, it's a coffee cake for heaven's sake! It's a rainy-day or coffee klatsch go-to that you can definitely amp up on your own with brown sugar, vanilla, oats [I am left wondering about the graham crackers, so I'll try my hand at this again once I cross the crackers off my shopping list], apples, or dried fruit. Definitely be deviant with this recipe!

[p.s. I didn't use Calumet Baking Powder. I'm going to hell.]


  1. Makes me want to have some cinnamon swirl coffee that Natalie sampled to Maci. She didn't like it, so she gave it to me.

    Apples would be awesome in that!

  2. haha don draper would be proud. did you smoke a skinny cig and drink while baking like betty draper would do? i think you should for every recipe.