Sunday, December 02, 2007

Cinnamon Coffee Cake

I bake things when I'm stressed, that's just the way it goes. For some reason, the scientific, uber-exactness that's typically involved with baking helps calm my nerves.

The truth is, it actually gives me something different to focus on - somewhere else to direct my energy - as opposed to focusing on whatever happens to be bothering me at the moment.

Right now, law school finals are looming ominously over my head. My last class of the semester was on Wednesday, and I can't quite seem to get motivated enough to properly begin studying. I really think there's been something weird going on this whole semester... like part of me is still convinced it's the final few weeks of summer, instead of the first few weeks of winter. Ugh.

Anyway, in just 10 days or so, I'll be sitting in a crowded room, listening to a million computer keys clicking away, trying to remember the differences between the per stirpes and per capita intestacy distribution schemes. Pretty exciting, no?

So, in true "Ms. Procrastination" form, I've been mucking about with baking soda, vanilla extract, and brown sugar, instead of keeping my head "in the books" (which apparently do NOT include cookbooks).

As a result, I've been able to test out a couple more goodies from "The Joy of Vegan Baking," which contains the most dangerous collection of recipes I've located to date.

This post contains a tasty (and not overly sugary) breakfast coffee cake, which is also excellent with tea. The next one highlights a delicious peanut butter cookie recipe, while keeping the commentary to a minimum.

Because, you see, I really should be baking right now. Uhh... I mean STUDYING!

Recipe: Cinnamon Coffee Cake
(recipe from "The Joy of Vegan Baking")

1 c. soy milk
1/3 c. canola oil
1 Tbsp. white distilled vinegar
1 c. unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. salt

3/4 c. whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 c. brown sugar
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 c. chopped walnuts
1/3 c. non-dairy butter, melted

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, & grease a 9in. square baking pan/dish.
2.) To make the cake, combine the milk, oil, & vinegar in a bowl & set aside.
3.) In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, & salt. Add the milk mixture & stir until just combined. Pour into the greased baking pan.
4.) To make the crumble, combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, salt & walnuts in a small bowl.
5.) Add the butter to the nut mixture, using your hands to thoroughly work it into the dry ingredients. Spoon the mixture on top of the batter, covering the entire cake.
6.) Bake for 35 - 40 mins., or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
7.) Let it cool slightly, & serve it warm or at room temperature.

Yields: about 12 servings.


  1. wow it looks delicious. I am going to try that! Thanks!

  2. Mmmm that looks good! I love having breakfast sweets on hand in the winter to enjoy with morning coffee. Good luck with your finals, now go study!

  3. Oh yum, what a super-looking recipe.

    Good luck on finals!!!

  4. it can be useful to have a go-to stress reliever, like baking, as an alternative to going insane with stress. i know what you mean about lack of motivation with studying this semester, i feel the same way...but i'm lucky i don't have to prepare for law school finals! i hope you get the extra boost you need to help you get focused!

    the coffee cake looks marvelous, totally takes me back to my childhood. at my day care they always used to serve coffee cake... mmm. thanks a lot, i'll be trying this out in the near future!

  5. I also bake when I'm stressed! It's partly the process of it, but suspect I also enjoy the act of sharing the baked goods with people. Making people happy and hearing praise makes me feel better about whatever it is that I'm stressed about :-)

    Good luck with your finals! And thanks for your comment on my blog. I'm glad you like it!

  6. It is AWESOME ! I own the Joy of Vegan baking and have made this Cinnamon Coffee Cake several times. I drizzle a little 'frosting' (a mixture of powdered sugar, soy milk & vanilla) on top.
    When you're ready to make this, do yourself a favor - have enough ingredients on hand to make 2 and freeze one. Enjoy!

  7. So glad you posted this recipe. I made it for a family brunch yesterday, turned out so moist & delicious, everyone devoured it!


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