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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Mr. Lou's Kicked-up Coffee Cake

I haven't made many of Emeril's recipes before, but this coffee cake is out of this world. I used fresh raspberries, but next time I think I will use blackberries and raspberries, my two favorites. I also made this in a 9" springform pan. If you do use a springform pan, make sure to butter and flour the pan WELL. This was actually really easy to make and you get really big results from it.

Mr. Lou's Kicked-Up Coffee Cake

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Yield: about 8 servings

1 stick plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 cup blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries, or any combination, rinsed well and patted dry

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup melted butter
1 cup chopped roasted pecans

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 10-inch cake pan with the tablespoon of butter, and lightly dust with flour. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar with a mixer on high speed. Into a separate bowl, sift all the dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients in 3 stages into the butter, alternating with the eggs 1 at a time, beating after the addition of each. Fold the sour cream into the batter. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan, and arrange the berries evenly over the top. To make the streusel topping, place all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and blend. Evenly sprinkle the topping over the top of the berries. Bake in the oven until golden brown and risen, and a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool 15 minutes before serving.
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