Friday, June 5, 2009

Cinnabun Coffee Cake

Who else likes to just pick at breakfast? Especially on weekends? Look no further, fellow picky persons; I have your solution. It takes 5 minutes to put together the dough, a few minutes to mix, and half an hour to rise. Total time invested is about an hour; that's OK for me, because I rarely want to eat when I first get up, unless it's a few saltines. Adapted from Beth Hensperger's Bread Machine cookbook, I've made 8 of these in the past 3 weekends, including one which I sent with my son back to Charlotte. Note: He ate nothing but the cake for the 10 hour drive, and couldn't finish it all, and was not hungry when he got back to Charlotte. Yes, it's filling. For normal sized households (as opposed to Marjie sized households), it'll last the whole weekend. Just helping you plan, here.


1 cup warm milk
1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
2 tbsp butter

2-3/4 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
2-1/2 tsp yeast

1 stick butter, softened
3/4 cup flour

3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 package instant oatmeal (any flavor) or 1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1-1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1 to 2 tbsp milk or cream

Cake: Soften the yeast in the milk; add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl or bread machine pan, and mix about 10 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic. Generously grease a 13"x9" baking pan, and scoop the dough into it (it will be rather wet and sticky). Sprinkle a little flour on top, flour your fingers, and poke that dough until it fills the pan. Let it start to rise while you make the topping.

Topping: Using a mixer at low speed, or a pastry cutter, combine all ingredients until crumbly. Sprinkle atop the cake; the topping will be very very thick and oh-so-good! Let it rise until the topping has reached the top of the pan. Bake at 350F for glass pan (375 for me
tal pan) for 22 to 25 minutes, until the toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove and let cool while you mix the sugar and cream or milk. Drizzle the glaze over the cake in an artistic pattern, or, like me, in glumps because that's how it fell, cut the cake and stand back while the stampede occurs.

Have a lovely weekend, everyone!


SissySees said...

Can't do breakfast. It's all I can do THREE hours after I rise to choke down a granola bar or something of the like...

Maybe I'll make it tonight though for the duty crew to have tomorrow morning.

imjacobsmom said...

I'm bringing this to work on Monday! This will be a hit! ~ Robyn

buffalodick said...

By Golly, that looks great!

Paula said...

Oh good Lord, if my husband sees this he'll regret marrying his non-baking wife! I bet it smelled heavenly! :-)

Sue said...

That looks so good. Great for afternoon tea on the deck.

Anonymous said...

Yummm, you sold me!

pam said...

Coffee cakes have been popping up all over lately. I have to say, your's is the best and the one I am bookmarking!

Megan said...

this looks like the breakfast of champions! I like. :)

noble pig said...

Oh everyone would be in heaven at my house. It sounds delicious!

grace said...

i've just become your biggest fan.

seriously, i could tear this apart in two days, max. yes, i'd feel a bit disgusting, but it'd be worth it. :)

Pam said...

Bookmarked! I always mess up my cinnamon rolls so this recipe is the perfect solution. It looks fantastic, like usual, Marjie.

Mickle in NZ said...

Light from the yeast, super yummy from the topping - then you add a drizzle too! Your family is so, so spoiled by this scrumptious concoction.

btw - will have an improved version of Nigella Lawson's Clementine Cake in a post soonish. Devised by myself and dear Sister, Liz, I even have a photo of the one fifth left of ours.

Care and huggles, almighty huge cuddle to wonderful Thor, Michelle x

Anonymous said...

My Marjie recipe list just keeps on growing. I'm trying these out for coffee on branding morning!! Thanks a bunch!!!

test it comm said...

Cinnabun coffee cake sounds so good! A perfect breakfast?!