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Monday, August 16, 2010
Second Try: Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake
I shared a Coffee Cake Recipe last Spring from Rachael Ray magazine that landed somewhere between the cloud at the end of a rainbow and a slow, steady drizzle. Not my best work--a bit too soupy. I put the recipe aside and forgot all about coffee cakes until I stumbled across a Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake recipe from Southern Living.
For the most part, I consider Southern Living to be the litmus test of all good recipes. I was not disappointed with this one. Two girlfriends joined me one morning several weeks back and raved about the taste, so I knew I had to share it with you. (Locals, if you are reading this, I claim this one for MOPS brunch days!)
Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake
from Southern Living, 2004
1 cup semi sweet chocolate morsels
1 (16 oz.) package pound cake mix
1 (8 oz.) sour cream
1/2 cup milk
2 large eggs
To Make Cake: Stir together chocolate morsels and 1 T of the cake mix. Set aside. Beat sour cream, milk, eggs, and remaining cake mix at low speed for 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium, beat 3 more minutes. Spoon half of the batter into a lightly greased 13 x 9 in pan (I used and recommend an 8 x 8!!). Sprinkle morsel mixture on top. Spread remaining batter on top, Sprinkle with streusel mixture. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 T all purpose flour
1/2 t ground cinnamon
1 c. chopped pecans
2 T melted butter
To make Streusel: Combine first 3 ingredients, stir in pecans and butter til crumbly
*As usual, I was distracted while baking, and I ended up mixing the morsels/cake mix combination and the streusel topping together in a bowl. I decided to go with the flow, and after putting the first layer of batter into the 8 x 8 pan, I put a thin layer of the morsel/cake mix/streusel down. I added the second layer of batter and then a hearty topping of morsels/cake mix/streusel to the top. This actually turned out perfectly and I'll continue to make it this way!*
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