Sunday, December 7, 2008

Cranberry Coffee Cake and Gourmet Subscription Giveaway

For TWD this week, fellow blogger Ulrike of Kuchenlatein chose Grandma's All Occasion Sugar Cookies. I was not sure at first whether to attempt this recipe as I have yet to make sugar cookies that I liked. The cookies somehow always fell short in the taste and crumb department. But since it was TWD, I decided to give it a shot. I also added a little twist to the cookie dough, I used 1 teaspoon of pure rose water instead of vanilla extract. I was not disappointed. The cookies baked up beautifully and the lovely aroma ( just a hint, nothing overpowering) of roses filled my kitchen. These cookies are wonderfully crispy ( that is the way I like my cookies) and I think I will be making another batch very soon!


Moving right along, in the spirit of the season, I am giving away an annual subscription for Gourmet magazine! I have enjoyed this lovely magazine for years and look forward to it every month. And now I would like to share it with one lucky reader of my blog. Just leave a comment here and I will pick out one lucky blogger! Dateline is Wednesday, December 17th and is open to US readers only ( just this one time :)


I have made this cranberry coffee cake from this month's issue of Gourmet. You could make this cake in a round cake pan or in little loaf pans and give them away as gifts. I have used fresh cranberries for this cake. I am sure that you will be able to use frozen cranberries as well. But I am not sure if you are able to substitute it canned or dried cranberries. Canned cranberries would be too wet and too sweet for this recipe. The original recipe in the magazine called for half a vanilla bean. I do not usually stock vanilla beans in my pantry, but what I did have was pure Madagascar Bourbon vanilla extract and used one teaspoon of it for the cake.




Cranberry Coffee Cake adapted from Gourmet
Please read the instructions carefully before making the cake. The amount of sugar that needs to be reserved and added in various stages could be a little confusing - well it was to me anyways! The cake turned out beautifully in the end!

1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 cups fresh cranberries
2 cups plus 2 Tb all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 stick plus 2 Tb unsalted butter - at room temperature
2 large eggs
1/2 cup whole milk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line and butter a 9 by 2 inch cake pan ( line bottom and sides on pan) and set aside.
Whisk together 2 cups flour, baking powder , salt and set aside. Mix sugar with 1 tsp pure vanilla extract and set aside( you will be using the vanilla sugar for the cake as well as the topping of the cake)
Pulse cranberries with 1/2 cup of vanilla sugar in a food processor till finely chopped and set aside.
Cream 1 stick butter and 1 cup of vanilla sugar on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Add 1 egg at a time and beat well. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture alternately with milk until mixture is well combined.

Spread half the batter in the lined pan and spoon the cranberry and sugar mixture over the batter, leaving half an inch border around the edge. Spread the rest of the batter over the fruit mixture and smooth the top.

Using a fork, blend the remaining 1/4 of the vanilla sugar with remaining 2 tablespoons of softened butter and 2 tablespoons of flour. Crumble this mixture over the cake. Place cake in a preheated oven in the middle of the oven and bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until cake tester ( in this case a wooden pick) comes out clean when inserted in the middle of the cake. Cool cake on a rack. Serves 8 and can be made one day ahead.

20 comments:

Vicki said...

Over the years I think I've had a subscription to every food magazine, except for Gourmet! The cranberry cake looks wonderful :)

Chocolate Shavings said...

That cake looks delicious. I am bookmarking this to make over the holidays. Thanks!

theresa said...

The cake looks wonderful. I love cranberries in just about everything!
thanks for posting the recipe.

KosherGirl said...

Just found your blog on TasteSpotting - the cake looks amazing! I am a food magazine junky but have not gotten Gourmet in a few years. I hope that your lucky reader enjoys it!

Carmen Cooks said...

your cookies are beautiful! as is the cranberry cake. :) yum.

it is so sweet of you to offer up a subscription to Gourmet!

Helen said...

The cake looks delicious! A subscription to Gourmet magazine? What a great gift to give. Thanks for doing so!

Joy the Baker said...

I had my eye on the cranberry coffee cake recipe too, but i opted for another. Your cake looks absolutely delicious. The perfect winter morning breakfast!

confectiona said...

Your Dorie cookies look great -- I'm a strong proponent of the more-sugar-is-always-better school! (And I'd love a subscription to Gourmet!)

kittymama said...

Your cookies look so cute on that "mod" tablecloth! I would love a Gourmet subscription - fingers crossed!

Josephine said...

Coffee cakes are one of my favorite things to make and share. This cranberry one looks great. Best Wishes for the holidays !

Jude said...

Love the vibrant colors in your posts. I'm liking the reds and seasonal take on coffee cake.

KT said...

Thanks for sharing!

Megan said...

This sounds absolutely delicious. I love baking with cranberries around this time of year-they just seem so festive don't you think? Can't wait to give this one a try!

farida said...

Beautiful looking coffee cake! I have fresh cranberries in my fridge, maybe I should try making this. Won't mind a subscription:)

Tiffany said...

that looks sooo yummy...

ChichaJo said...

Delicious goodies! Would love to have any of these on my holiday table :)

Esi said...

The cake looks wonderful! I haven't used cranberries this season, but I am kind of wanting to soon.

Debbie said...

I just made this cake and it is wonderful. So perfect for this time of year!

sweet paul said...

It all looks so good.
Would love a year of Gourmet.
Such inspiration.

Tates said...

The cakes seems to be very delicious and cute. I cann't wait more time to have. I like the cookies and bakery items lot. Thanks for sharing great information with us.