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Law school starts tomorrow. AUGH. I'm determined to start the semester right, however, and that means kicking it off with DELICIOUSNESS. To that end, I decided to bake a coffee cake tonight that I could have for breakfast tomorrow.

I decided to experiment with a sour cream coffee cake recipe I've used for quite a while--one topped with fresh raspberries, almonds and drenched in chocolate sauce. It's very good, but a bit rich for breakfast. I also had several nectarines and peaches that need to be Taken Care Of, and I decided that pecans would be an excellent complement to the nectarines.

And thus was this recipe born. HOLY SHIT, GUYS, IT'S REALLY REALLY GOOD. Who's a masterbaker? I'm a masterbaker. I am awesome. And best of all: it's dead easy, you don't need any equipment other than a couple of bowls and a large fork, and the mixing takes hardly any time at all.

So. Enough bragging. (Forgive me, I'm eating the cake right now, and sweet sassy fuck yeah it is tasty.) On to the recipe.

For the topping:
1 large ripe nectarine or peach
1/3 to 1/2 cup raw pecan pieces
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar (more if desired)
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter (or you can use salted butter and skip the salt)

1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Once the foam has subsided, throw in the dark brown sugar and salt and stir until you get a uniform brown mess. (I will refrain from the buttsecks jokes, because I'm classy like that.) Add pecans and stir until pieces are uniformly coated in AWESOME. Promptly remove saucepan from heat. Don't toast the nuts because they'll be plenty toasted in the baking process. Taste the nuts; if they don't taste sweet enough, keep sprinkling brown sugar until it tastes right.

2. Cut nectarine or peach into eighths and skin the segments. Chop the segments into small pieces (about 1/4" in size).

For the cake:

1 cup all-purpose flour
Half stick butter, melted.
2/3 cup sour cream
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup sugar (white is fine, dark brown gives it a good flavor, too)
2 teaspoons vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Take an 8" cake pan (9" works, too, you just get a flatter cake and it bakes a bit faster) and brush the bottom and sides with some of the melted butter.

2. Whip the egg, sour cream, vanilla and the rest of the melted butter together.

3. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar and baking soda.

4. Throw the sour cream mixture into the flour mixture and mix gently with a large fork until mixture is just combined. Batter will be very thick and kind of shaggy. Do not overmix! This will result in a tough cake.

5. Pour batter into cake pan and sprinkle the nectarine pieces and pecans on top of the cake. Bake for about 35 minutes (if using 9" pan, check at 30 minutes). When a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, it's done. Let cool for about 15 minutes and NOM THE SHIT OUT OF IT because this cake is really, really good hot out of the oven.

Date: 2008-08-25 07:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] martianmooncrab.livejournal.com
you left off

6. Devour.

Date: 2008-08-25 04:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rat-bastird.livejournal.com
I think that's what the nomming of the shit is referring to :)

Date: 2008-08-27 12:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] martianmooncrab.livejournal.com
nomming is not as intense as DEVOUR... in nomming you slow down to unwrap. Devour, you just spit out the wrappings.

Date: 2008-08-25 04:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rat-bastird.livejournal.com
you have such DELICIOUS recipes. I will be going through in the next few weeks and stealing to get my final cook-off before I am buried again with work and school.

Date: 2008-08-26 09:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] misshepeshu.livejournal.com
Hellz yeah. And thank you :). If you make it, I'd love to know how it turned out for you.

Date: 2008-08-25 06:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tinaconnolly.livejournal.com
Made it.
Cooled it.
Shit nommed out of it.
Died happy.
(Thank you.)

Date: 2008-08-26 09:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] misshepeshu.livejournal.com
Huzzah! I'm glad you enjoyed this.

Date: 2008-08-25 07:32 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] bonobo23.livejournal.com
Yum!

Good luck with school this year. You know I am always happy to talk through school, legal jobs, and that sort of stuff, or whatever. We should do lunch again.

Date: 2008-08-26 09:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] misshepeshu.livejournal.com
Thanks, dude. I appreciate what a supportive presence you are for your friends.

Date: 2008-08-25 10:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whitemunin.livejournal.com
This sounds wonderful! I may have to carve out some time this weekend and try it.

Now, I'm a decent cook but not much of a baker. Do you think this would this recipe work well in a bundt pan? Or because the bundt pan basically cooks the cake upside down, would it burn the topping before the cake is baked through?

Date: 2008-08-26 09:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] misshepeshu.livejournal.com
Hmmm. To be honest, I'm not sure how it'd work in a bundt pan--I don't know how the nuts would toast, for example. You could just toast the pecans and then mix it in the batter and have toasted candied pecan pieces in the batter proper....

It's also not very much batter at all, so I'm not sure it'd adequately fill a regular bundt pan. Maybe if you doubled the recipe? (It doubles quite nicely.)

Date: 2008-08-26 12:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-drifter.livejournal.com
I told Jen and Lizzie you masterbaked, and Jen immediately said, "Where's my cake?"

Date: 2008-08-26 09:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] misshepeshu.livejournal.com
Dudes, I'd be happy to masterbake for youse guys. In fact, I'd be perfectly happy to make exactly this cake for you the next time I see you.

How does dinner tomorrow sound?

Date: 2008-08-26 11:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-drifter.livejournal.com
Dinner on Wednesday would be awesome! Call me and let me know what time you'd wanna do it and so forth. <3

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