When I’m expecting company for the holidays, I usually indulge in baking sweet treats that can be enjoyed with coffee for breakfast, at people’s leisure. I love a good coffee cake. Add pecans and I’m sold.
Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Pecans
- 1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/2 tsps vanilla
- 1 1/4 cups sour cream
- 2 1/2 cups unbleached flour
- 2 tsps baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup unbleached flour
- 1 1/2 tsps ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 tbsps cold butter, cut into pieces
- 1 ½ cup whole pecans
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tbsps orange juice
4 mixing bowls
Bundt pan, greased and floured
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
With a mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light. Add the eggs one at a time, then add the vanilla and sour cream. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture to the batter until just combined. Using a spatula, scrape the sides and bottom to make sure the mixture if fully combined.
For the streusel, crumble the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and butter in a bowl (I use a fork or pastry cutter). Gently mix in pecans.
Spoon half the batter into the pan and spread it out with a knife. Sprinkle with 1/2 of the streusel. Spoon the rest of the batter in the pan, spread it out, and scatter the remaining streusel on top. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean.
Let cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes. Remove cake from the pan and place on a serving plate. Whisk the powdered sugar and orange juice together, adding a more OJ if necessary, to make the glaze runny. Drizzle as much as you like over the cake with a fork or spoon.
Scrolling through my recipes looking for ones I pulled together by rummaging around the pantry, freezer and refrigerator and came up with this one. Quick, easy and versatile.
- 9 oz pkg. fresh linguine pasta
- 4 Roma tomatoes
- 1 green or red pepper
- 4 green onions
- ½ tbsp crushed garlic
- 2 tsp dried basil
- ½ cup olive oil
- Optional: ¼ lb sliced pepperoni or ¼ lb cubed turkey
saucepan, large skillet
Fill saucepan with water and bring to a boil.
Chop tomatoes, pepper and green onions (use greens and whites). Heat oil in skillet, add onions, garlic and pepper, sauté until onions are golden, careful not to let garlic burn. Add pepperoni and turkey. Let simmer on medium to low medium heat.
Add pasta to water while ingredients simmer in skillet. Cook according to pkg. instructions.
Once pasta is al dente, add tomatoes to skillet, sauté 1-2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon or pasta spoon, transfer pasta to skillet, letting most of the water drain before transferring. There should be just enough water on the pasta to create a nice sauce. If it seems too dry, add a few spoonfuls of the pasta water. Stir and serve with grated Parmesan.
These mushrooms can serve as an appetizer or side dish.
- 8 oz Baby Bella Mushrooms, washed, dried and stems removed
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- fresh oregano, chopped
- salt and pepper
bowl, large jar with lid
In a bowl, add lemon juice and white wine vinegar, slowly whisk olive oil into it. Stir in fresh oregano, salt and pepper to taste.
Place mushroom in the jar, pour marinade over them, cover with the lid and shake gently to coat mushrooms completely.
Refrigerate overnight, gently shaking occasionally. Serve at room temperature. Refrigerate any leftovers.