Monday, November 25, 2013

Make it Mondays: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

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I'm not the biggest fan of the traditional Thanksgiving desserts. They always feel too heavy and after a big ol Thanksgiving meal, its just not my favorite thing. However, I do enjoy a cup of coffee and a little something afterwards with pumpkin and chocolate. And so I have decided to combine the two with the perfect pumpkin chocolate chip coffee cake recipe. Its also pretty convenient that it makes a great breakfast the following day, you're welcome!

For the chocolate chip streusel:
1/3 c. flour
1/3 c. rolled oats
1/2 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1 t. cinnamon
pinch of salt
6 T. butter (cold)
1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips 

Combine the flours, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Cut the butter into small cubes and toss in with the dry ingredients. Set aside. Now its time to make the batter...

For the Pumpkin Coffee Cake Batter:
1 1/2 c. flour (I used 1 c. all-purpose, 1/2 c. whole wheat flour)
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
2 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. nutmeg
1/2 t. salt
1 stick (8 T.) unsalted butter  (melted)
1 c. firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 c. sour cream
1/2 c. pumpkin puree

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt, set aside. In a large bowl, beat the melted butter into the brown sugar with an electric mixer. Beat in one egg at a time. Add in the pumpkin puree and sour cream. Stir in the flour mixture.

Spread half of the batter into the greased pan. Dollop half of the streusel over the batter. Pour the other half of the batter on top of the streusel. Sprinkle the remainder of the streusel on top. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean of the center, roughly 50 minutes. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes. Slide the cake onto a cooling rack. 

For the Icing Glaze:
1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 t. half & half (whole milk/cream work too)
1 t. vanilla extract

Whisk together the powdered sugar, cream, and vanilla in a small bowl. With a spoon, drizzle the glaze over the top of the coffee cake. 

Cut into thick wedges and serve. 

Don't forget to pick up any crumbs that your clean up crew may have missed...

I hope you all make it a great Monday! 
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