Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Light Crumb Coffeecake | Cook's Illustrated

Like Mia Wallace said in Pulp Fiction, "I say God Damn." This cake is good. It's not just good, it's Low Fat People. The normal serving of coffee cake has on average 14 grams of fat and 320 calories per serving, this one, a mere 5 grams of fat and 210 calories per serving. Sweet!

Nonstick baking spray with flour
1 1/2 C unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 C cake flour
3/4 C packed light brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3 tbsp unsalted butter softened, plus 1 tbsp melted and cooled
1/2 C granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 C plain low-fat yogurt

1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8-inch square baking pan with the nonstick baking spray. Whisk the all purpose flour, cake flour, 1/2 cup of the brown sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda together in a medium bowl. Remove 1/4 cup of the flour mixture and mix it with the remaining 1/4 cup of brown sugar and the cinnamon in a small bowl; set aside.

2. Beat the 3 tablespoons of softened butter and the granulated sugar together with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber satula as needed. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

3. Reduce the mixer speed to low. Beat in one-third of the flour mixture until just incorporated, followed by the vanilla and one-third of the yogurt , scraping down the bowl as needed. Repeat this process twice more, alternating between the remaining flour mixture and yogurt until the ingredients are just incorporated. Do not overmix.

4. Scrape the cake batter into the prepared baking pan. Stir the 1 tablespoon melted butter into the reserved cinnamon mixture and toss gently with a fork until the butter is evenly distributed creating some pea-sized crumbs. Sprinkle the crumb mixture evenly over the batter.

5. Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out with a few crumbs attached, 35 to 40 minutes, rotating the pan half way through baking. Transfer the baking pan to a wire rack and let the cake cool completely before cutting into squares.

Per Serving: Calories: 210; Fat: 5g; Sat Fat: 3g; Chol: 45 mg; Carb:38g; Protein: 4g; Fiber:1g; Sodium: 150mg

Rating = So God Damn Good


Patricia Scarpin said...

JB, I've been having a blast with your low fat recipes - not that life seems to be less hectic I can start trying some of them.
This cake looks great!

tammy said...

Yeah, this looks good. And did I mention how purty your blog looks?

wheresmymind said...

Must be good to use God in your rating!! lol

Sandi @ the WhistleStop Cafe said...


Dina said...

I HAVE to try this. For breakfast. Tomorrow. I need to start running 10 miles a day like you!

JB said...

This is good, but it _is_ lowfat, i.e., a little on the dry/chalky side. I might try substituting out the lowfat yogurt for regular fat sour cream.