Cafe Beaujolais' Buttermilk-Cinnamon Coffeecake

Monday, January 4, 2010

Cafe Beaujolais' Buttermilk-Cinnamon Coffeecake

The Los Angeles Times Food Section has an online feature: Opening the Vault: 25 Years of our Best Recipes.

I needed to bring a coffeecake for work and spotted one on the 1985 list Top 12 recipes of 1985. It is interesting to see what was popular back in Nachos!

Cafe Beaujolais' Buttermilk-Cinnamon Coffeecake
This is seriously an easy cake to make. Just need a whisk and a couple bowls. It uses oil and buttermilk for the fat and liquid.

Cafe Beaujolais' Buttermilk-Cinnamon Coffeecake
Cafe Beaujolais' Buttermilk-Cinnamon Coffeecake
Adapted from LA Times website

2 1/4 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 + 1 teaspoons ground cinnamon (divided)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger (I use Penzy's ground ginger)
3/4 cup corn oil (I used canola oil)
1 cup sliced almonds (I used sliced almonds from Trader Joe's)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg (I used 1 large egg)
1 cup buttermilk

Mix flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, salt and ginger. Blend in oil until smooth. Remove 3/4 cup mixture and combine with almonds and remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Mix and set aside.

To remaining flour mixture, add baking powder, baking soda, egg and buttermilk. Blend until smooth. Pour into buttered 13x9-inch baking pan. Sprinkle reserved nut mixture evenly over surface of batter. Bake at 350 degrees 35 to 40 minutes. (Mine took 35 minutes to bake). Place pan on wire rack to cool.

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Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

This looks so easy. Thanks for sharing!

Monica H said... [Reply to comment]

This looks so good and I love all the little crunchies on top.

Cakespy said... [Reply to comment]

You have unearthed a treasure! These look amazing. This is the type of 80's I'd LIKE to see make a comeback!

grace said... [Reply to comment]

i think that in order to include cinnamon in the title, a recipe must contain at least a tablespoon. by that logic, most of my recipes could include the word cinnamon in the title. :)

Hilary said... [Reply to comment]

What a lovely way to present coffee cake. I'd love to find some square liners like those ones (at least they look square from the photo??)

The Food Librarian said... [Reply to comment]

Hilary, those are just regular round cupcake holders. I guess when the square cake goes in them, it forms around it making it look square. Cheers, Mary

vanillasugarblog said... [Reply to comment]

I would love to try this. Nice amount of toppings, just perfect. Happy New Year!

DailyChef said... [Reply to comment]

I saw this recipe at the LA Times vault too, and was interested to see that this coffeecake had almonds on the top. I feel like most of the coffeecakes I've seen recently don't have nuts on the top. Maybe the 80s need to make a least for this recipe! :)

Jennifer said... [Reply to comment]

This looks DI-VINE!!!!!!

Table Talk said... [Reply to comment]

Spotted these little treats on Food Gawker and have bookmarked this page for a day sometime soon...trying to avoid temptations like these until the extra Christmas cookie calories have disappeared!

Ingrid_3Bs said... [Reply to comment]

Oh, this looks great! I haven't made a coffee cake in some time.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Dude, I just made nachos last week cause my MIL doesn't know what they are.

Maria said... [Reply to comment]

This is my kind of cake! Yum!

Anna M. said... [Reply to comment]

delicious! and thanks for that link to the LAT article. I'm going to try this one too.

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

I love coffeecake and this one looks terrific! It's been far too long since I've made one.

Hungry Dog said... [Reply to comment]

I love cafe beaujolais! I've made a coffee cake from one of their cookbooks, it's similar to this but without the almonds. I like that idea very much! Love the way you cut them into squares and served them.

Kimmy said... [Reply to comment]

Hi Mary, this looks like a great coffecake and very simple to make, don´t need to be a wiz in the kitchen. Have been translating my blog the entire weekend, still have a lot more to do, lol. Added some new recipes. Hope my spealing is ok!

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