July 27, 2010

Family Recipes

Every family has them....those recipes that they have no idea where they came from, but have become a staple in the family diet. And when you grow up and move out of your parent's home, if you want it you have to make it (unless your Mom is like mine and loves you a LOT, and gives you her leftovers hehe).

I am in a baking mode today, making homemade bread, trying a new cinnamon roll recipe, and making my mother's coffee cake. I thought I would share with you, two recipes my mother has been making for as long as I can remember, and are a favorite for all of us:) I hope you enjoy!

Sour Cream Coffee Cake
1 cup of butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/2 pint of sour cream (8 oz.)
2 cups flour
1/2 tspn baking soda
1 1/2 tspn baking powder
1 tspn vanilla

Cream butter and sugar in mixing bowl. Add eggs, sour cream, baking soda, baking powder and vanilla and mix well. Add the two cups of flour.

Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using half of your batter, spread it evenly on the bottom of the pan, creating your first layer. Sprinkle the layer with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar (I never give measurements on this because everyone's taste with this part is different). If you would like, now would be the time to also add crushed nuts. We prefer walnuts, but if you like something like pecans, that would also work.

(This is the part I dislike)....Using the remaining batter, spread it out over the first layer. It is tricky, as the batter will want to stick to your spoon or spatula. Just keep working it until it covers all areas of the first layer. Then you will repeat the step from before: adding cinnamon, sugar and nuts to the top. Place some butter pats on top, and bake for approximately 35 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean.

This is without a doubt, THE best coffee cake in the world!

Applesauce Brownies
1/2 cup butter
2 squares of unsweetened bakers chocolate, melted
1 cup of sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup applesauce
1 tspn vanilla
1 cup flour
1/4 tspn baking soda
1/2 tspn baking powder
1/4 tspn salt

I don't do this in any particular order, just throw it all in a bowl until well mixed. I add crushed walnuts if I know the kids won't be around to eat any (they don't like nuts). If the kids are the main consumers, I add chocolate chips.

Bake this at 350 in a greased baking pan (mine is 9x13) until a knife comes out clean (about 30 minutes). These are a cake-like brownie, not dense like most box mixes. This is due to the applesauce and eggs in them.

These will not last long in your house lol.



  1. Oh, YUMMY! Thanks for sharing, sweetie!


  2. Absolutely MY pleasure:) The coffee cake is the one that I put a picture up on FB the other day...need to update this with the picture lol