Thursday, December 29, 2011

Orange Streusel Coffee Cake

This is a recipe I got a long time ago from my cousin.  When we were growing up we would drive to Chicago to visit her and her family in the summer. She made this for us one day and we all loved it.  It is very quick to put together.  It is not overly sweet and goes great with a cup of tea.  It tastes best when made with freshly squeezed orange juice but you can substitute regular orange juice if that is all you have.  When the cake is done baking I usually turn the broiler on to crisp up the topping.



Orange Streusel Coffee Cake

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
juice of one large orange (or 1/2 cup orange juice if not using fresh)
zest of one orange (reserve 1 tbsp for topping, use remaining in cake)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup canola oil

Streusel Topping
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp orange zest
2 tbsp margarine

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Grease an 8 inch round pan and line with parchment paper.

Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  Mix in orange zest.

Make a well in the center.  Add egg, milk, orange juice and oil.  Mix until just combined.  The batter will be lumpy.  Pour into prepared pan.

In a small bowl add streusel toppings and mix together until crumbly.  Sprinkle on top of cake and bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Put under the broiler if you want a crispier topping but keep a close eye on it so you don't burn it.  Enjoy with a cup of tea!

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