Glazed Streusel Coffee Cake

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Glazed Streusel Coffee Cake RecipeMy, it has been awhile.  There are many reasons for my absence from this space.  Traveling, lack of computer access, and many of the other obvious holiday distractions that kept me supremely busy.  Mostly though, it was more about a decision I made to detach from technology while I enjoyed my family and friends during the Holiday.  It wasn’t easy to be away.  I missed baking just for the fun of it, photographing my creations, and especially interacting with all of you.  From time to time I felt a slight pang of ‘blog sickness’.  Blogging has become such a part of my daily routine.  Fortunately, over the past three or four weeks, there were endless distractions and so for the most part I survived my absence in spite of the occasional withdrawal symptoms I encountered.

My holidays were quite wonderful.  We traveled to Kentucky to celebrate Christmas with my family.  In twenty-eight years of living in California, I have only once missed Christmas at home.  The highlight of it all is having my mom with us.  Whether it is Gingerbread House Decorating Day, Christmas Eve at my brother’s, or enjoying our traditional Christmas dinner at my sister’s home, my mom is there, her perpetual smile lighting the way to fond memories, not only for me, but for the younger generations too.
Glazed Streusel Coffee Cake RecipeGift giving is synonymous with Christmas and my favorite gifts to receive are always those related to food in some way.  Two of my most treasured presents this year were cookbooks given to me by my sister.  One of them I will tell you about at  another time, but today the recipe I am sharing with you is from the Clinton St. Baking Company Cookbook.  I have actually had the delightful pleasure of eating at the so named restaurant.  My daughter’s sophomore dorm was just blocks from the quaint little neighborhood eatery.  On cold and snowy winter days we would find ourselves there filling our tummies with pancakes (for which they are famous), egg dishes, flaky biscuits, and grits :0!  It is a tiny place and one can always expect a wait, but if you find yourself in Manhattan, I do suggest you give it a try.

As fulfilling as the holidays are, while in the midst of them I find myself running a video in the back of my mind of the first pajama day I get to have when all the celebrating has subsided.  The temps in Southern California upon my return were way warmer than I preferred, nevertheless,  I insisted on having the fireplace lit.  On the first day of January I curled up on my sofa, cup of coffee nearby, and cracked the spine on my new cookbooks.  Heaven!
Glazed Streusel Coffee Cake RecipeI have chosen a recipe from the Clinton St. Baking Company book to launch my blog into 2014.  This cake isn’t completely original.  There are endless variations of it floating around and I have made many of them over the years.  The reason this one caught my attention was that I found the use of graham cracker crumbs in the streusel quite intriguing.  So intriguing that I doubled the amount from the original recipe to be certain their flavor stood out.  I also decided to down-size the cake to more conveniently fit into a 9-inch bundt pan rather than the 10-inch cake they make in the book.  I chose not to reduce the amount of streusel however, since my thinking was the more the better.  And finally, the glaze and sprinkle of streusel on top were my additions.  If streusel in the middle and streusel on the bottom are good, more on top would assure a little of the cinnamon-y, nutty, crunchy goodness in every bite. 
Glazed Streusel Coffee Cake RecipeI had to smile when I read the head note the authors wrote for this recipe.  They suggest that this coffee cake is so gorgeous and professional looking that we should bake it for our mother-in-laws.  Funny enough, my mother-in-law LOVES streusel coffee cakes.  I have made them for her many times over the years.  Hopefully, this one will meet with her approval.



8 thoughts on “Glazed Streusel Coffee Cake

  1. This looks so yummy! You know that I am not much of a baker, but I would love to make this if you would stop by for a cup of tea and share it with me 😉

  2. I am so glad you took the time to enjoy the holidays! I feel so much better and am much happier when I “unplug” for awhile. The tether, of our own making, comes with a short leash. We tug and pull, when really all we need to do is unhook and enjoy life again. And I don’t mind waiting until another gorgeous post finds its way to my inbox. It is worth the wait to find a recipe for Streusel Coffee Cake and an introduction to the Clinton St. Baking Company cookbook! Happy New Year Mary!

    • Deb, thanks so much for the support and for being such a dedicated follower. It means so much to me. Happy 2014!

  3. I, too, am a fan of cinnamon streusel coffee cake. This looks like a yummy one. Glad you are back. I missed all the yummy, bedtime dessert reading!

  4. It`s always a great idea to take some time of for family time and traveling! This cake looks amazing!! That streusel running through the middle is making me drool!

    • In checking out your streusel coffee cake, I read that you, too, are a native Kentuckian! I am anxious to try the cake recipe.