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Jul 13 2012
Pastry’s Corner: Raspberry Coffee Cake

Here’s a little known fact: I’m a big fan of Coffee Cake. Surprising, I know. It really goes back to my childhood…

You see when I was a little Pastry my parents didn’t like wrestling, but on Saturday mornings I had to get my fix of Hulkamania, so I would go over to my Great Grandmothers house and watch the WWF.  Granny was old school (I swear she cooked everything in lard). My favorite thing she made was her signature Coffee Cake. With the brown sugar, cinnamon, and that crumbly stuff on top, who could resist? I’ve always enjoyed coffee cake, be it from Starbucks, Corner Bakery or even the Taskykakes you find at the grocery store. Grandma Pastry made the best

Which brings me to today; I was at Safeway just perusing that bakery section like I often do and I came across an array of tasty looking coffee cakes. Included were regular, and apple, but the raspberry caught my eye. Just take a look at that picture, how could it not catch my eye, looking all sweet and crumbly. I knew that baby was coming home with me, but I noticed something immediately: this thing weighed 3-4 lbs!  It’s an 8×8 pan and it was like I was picking up a brick. I didn’t know what to think, but I knew I had to get home and give it a try.

As soon as I got home I cut myself a big old piece and dug in. Wow is all I have to say, this coffee cake is not for the faint at heart.  If you don’t have a sweet tooth, stay away. Our diabetic pal Big Rig would need to be shooting insulin with each bite.  The icing and raspberry is an intense flavor combination. If you go straight for the middle of the cake, the secret here is to balance things out with all portions of the cake, not just fruit or icing.  Also it’s not called Coffee Cake for nothing, so I highly suggest having a cup of coffee as it will really help cut the richness of this cake.

If you have a hankering for something sweet and you find yourself at Safeway, grab yourself a Raspberry Coffee Cake (or the apple), and if it doesn’t put you in a diabetic coma let me know what you think.

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