Well this morning I was feeling like something different, something with no chocolate (WHAT?! I know...) something sort of light, and sort of out of my comfort zone. So I picked up an old cook book and found a recipe for Raspberry Coffee Cake, I looked through the ingredients, yep I have that, yes that too, I will have to look for that one... YES I have it. Luckily for me, I had everything but the Raspberries. So what was a girl to do? Improvise!
I am not a huge fan of Raspberries so the Strawberries were a welcomed substitution. I start assembling the ingredients on the counter and then I hear "Mommy, what ah you doin?" and entered my little 'helper'. Lately she is my little shadow, 'helping' me with everything I do from cooking, brushing my teeth, to cleaning and do my hair and make up, I always have a little 'helper' around where ever and for what ever I am dong and this morning was no exception.
We get all the ingredients for the coffee cake measured and poured and we all step back and let the mixer do it's thang.
Once everything is moistened, the recipe called for me to stop, so that is what I did. The dough looked like this.
I am not used to making much homemade, let alone cake, so I was a little skeptical on the consistency of this dough. But this was me stepping out of my comfort zone so I just folded in the berries and spread it in the pan like I was told.
I popped that baby in the oven for 25-30 minutes and then had to clean up after my little 'helper'.
After 30 minutes (I put timer for 25 minutes, but the cake was not set in the middle, so I popped it back in for another 5 minutes and that seemed to do the trick), I pulled the cake out of the oven and could not have been more happy at what I saw.
What could possibly make this look better?
Oh yeah, there is GLAZE!!
Now you are talkin'. Look at this mater piece. Not only is it pleasing on the eyes, but it also does wonders for your taste buds. Look at that big pile of berries. Now you see them...
Now you don't!!
And for any of you out there who would like to step out of your baking comfort zone, here is the recipe for this fabulous (HOMEMADE) Strawberry Coffee Cake!