By Kevin Williams
If you want your home to smell like an Amish bakery, make this coffeecake! I decided that this coffeecake would be Aster and my Friday morning Amish recipe project and it did turn out good, but I've made a few tweaks that should make it turn out great for you. Amish recipes can be tough to edit because most of the time these are recipes that Amish cooks have been making for generations and they are not written, they are just in their head. So when I ask someone if they'd write down a recipe for me, they often do their best, but they can be off by a cup or two of this or that. And that is what happened with this coffeecake.
The original recipe called for 1 1 /2 cups of flour. My alarm bells went off then and I should have just listened to my instincts, but I was trying to follow the recipe as given. But, I was right, 1 1 /2 was just too little flour. The coffeecake just didn't have enough substance to hold together in the end. Make it 4 cups of flour and you'll be fine. The original recipe also called for one egg, but with 4 cups of flour, I think two eggs are in order.
My cake came out crumbly, but I will say it was delicious. In fact, Aster, my 2-year-old daughter/helper, LOVED it....(SIGH, she wanted to lick the batter spoon and I didn't let her because it had raw egg in it...am I being overprotective, though? I seem to remember eating batter all the time when I was a kid and nothing ever happened to me)
The smell in the house was also amazing from this so if you follow the revised recipe below your house will smell like an Amish bakery and taste like one!
I did scoop out just enough batter to make this little "Aster-sized coffeecake". It was cute to hear her call molasses "uh-lass."....."Dada, this has uh-lass in it."...
By the way, this coffee cake is called "Yoder's" because of the town it comes to us from: Yoder, Kansas. This recipe was sent to me by an Amish cook living there.
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 4 tablespoons (½ stick) butter
- 4 cups flour
- 3 tablespoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ cup whole milk
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 6 tablespoons melted butter
- ½ cup chopped walnut pieces (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a 9 by 13-inch baking dish and set it aside.
- Combine the sugar, eggs, butter, flour, baking powder, salt, vanilla, and milk in a large mixing bowl.
- When the mixture has a creamy consistency, spread it into the prepared pan.
- To make the topping, mix all the topping ingredients in a small bowl.
- Sprinkle over the cake batter.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
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