Vanilla Coffee Cake with Butterscotch-Walnut Filling

I needed a stack of cookbooks to hold for my “professional blog photos” (thanks Mom!). I also needed to find a good first-post recipe. So, I went to my favorite libraries to browse their cookbooks and came home with an armful. (Alright, it was actually several armfuls. I made three trips.) I knew I wanted to bake something, and I was craving a good old-fashioned coffee cake.

I pulled out all the baking cookbooks I’d borrowed and sat on my couch, flipping through the recipes. No coffee cake. I ran my finger down the “C” recipes in the indexes. Isn’t coffee cake a required recipe? (Apparently it is not.) Reluctantly, I picked up Ovenly by Agatha Kulaga and Erin Patinkin (public library // Amazon) – the last in my pile. I had been super excited to find Ovenly on the shelf, but I was “saving it for later.” Later being when I would hypothetically be a better food blogger with good photography skills and killer recipe reviews, obviously. Yet here I was. Well, it turns out Ovenly has a whole chapter for coffee cakes! (And quick breads, but back to coffee cake.) There, on page 43, I found the old-fashion recipe I’d been seeking: “Coffee Cake Base Recipe,” and on page 46 was the accompanying “Coffee Cake Streusel.”

Continue reading “Vanilla Coffee Cake with Butterscotch-Walnut Filling”