Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Jam Crumb Cake

It is wonderful to have all the ingredients on hand when one has the urge to bake a cake. This is where a well stocked pantry is truly a wonderful thing. Flour, sugar, eggs, baking powder, a dash cinnamon, couple sticks of butter, a cup of whole milk and some sweet jam is all you need to make this aromatic crumb cake. No creaming is required, it is a cake of rather low commitment with gratifying results. Just a large bowl and a wooden spoon or a sturdy whisk will do the trick. Blend sifted dry ingredients with the liquid, swirl in some of your favourite delectable jam that you have tucked away in the fridge and sprinkle the cinnamon scented crumbs generously over the batter and bake. Nothing could be simpler :)

Jam Crumb Cake - Gourmet

1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 stick unsalted butter - melted and cooled
1/2 cup whole milk
1 large egg
1/2 cup of jam of your choice ( I used lingonberry jam)

Crumb Topping
3/4 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 tsp cinnamon powder
a pinch of salt
1 cup plus 2 tb all purpose flour

To make cake:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees (place rack in the middle of the oven). Butter and flour 9 inch round cake pan or a spring form pan( I prefer the latter).

Sift together flour, salt, sugar and baking powder, set aside.
In a large bowl whisk together butter, milk and egg . Pour in sifted dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Pour batter into a pan and swirl jam with a spoon over the batter.

For crumb topping and final assembly:
Mix all ingredients together ( should resemble large crumbs) and sprinkle over the cake batter. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until the cake tester comes out clean. Cool on a rack. Makes 6 servings.


Nurit - 1fff said...

This looks like my kind of cake. I’ve got all the ingredients in pantry too.
The photos are gorgeous!
Would you like to submit the recipe (and a photo) to the cake collection event on my blog?
Details here: http://www.familyfriendlyfood.com/cake-collection/
Thanks! Nurit

Lo said...

Ah, crumb cake! 'tis love!
I haven't had a good crumb cake in years... but this is giving me a serious craving.

AMEN regarding a well-stocked pantry. Not sure what I'd do most days without mine.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Maya, I've been keeping this recipe on my Del.icio.us forever! I'm so glad to know you made it, it looks divine!

Esi said...

I definitely agree with you about a well-stocked pantry. I thought about doing this a while ago when I made a jam cake. So delicious and so easy.

Sikantis said...

Wow, this is exactly the kind of cake I want to try. Great, thanks!

Steph said...

mmm.. that looks delicious! The next time I make crumb cake, I'm going to swirl some jam in!

Maya said...

Nurit - Thanks for the invitation and for visiting my blog.

lo- I would be a total mess without my pantry. I ma not a fan of running out to the store for every little thing, all week.

Patricia - You are the best!!!

Esi - It is a cinch to make - handy when you need to whip up something quickly.

Sikanti s& Steph - Thanks!

Arch said...

Great looking cake...never tried making a crumb cake, will bookmark this, going to try it out soon, now that my son's summer vacation has begun !!

miss v said...

i really like this idea... but i'm not a huge "jam" person. however, i was thinking of subbing some sort of coffee or espresso flavor... sooo good. thanks for the recipe!

Rhyleysgranny said...

This looks lovely. Brilliant pics. Thank you for dropping into my Blog and leaving a comment.

Cynthia said...

Ummm, that spoon of jam is to enticing.

Sara said...

What a beautiful looking cake! I love that crumb topping, the more crumbs, the better :)

Justin Schwartz said...

this looks great, but I really love that gorgeous photo of the jam in the spoon at the top.

littlebearskitchen said...

Wow that looks delicious!

Kevin said...

THat crumb cake looks good. This would be a nice way to enjoy some fresh homemade jam.

Debbie said...

I have been eyeing this cake and it looks fantastic...I will try it sometime soon!

Kamran Siddiqi said...

Yumm, I have actually made this before. It's from Epicurious, right?

Kamran Siddiqi said...

I love the first photo that you have for this entry.

Coffee and Vanilla said...

This cake look sooo tempting!

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Reeni♥ said...

I love a good crumb cake! And the jam looks divine! I bet it adds a nice sweetness and moistness.

Dimah said...

A gorgeous cake! It looks really scrumptious!