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)
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.