Friday, June 25, 2010
BAREFOOT BLOGGERS - Scalloped Tomatoes and Sour Cream Coffee Cake
•12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
•1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
•3 extra-large eggs at room temperature
•1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
•1 1/4 cups sour cream
•2 1/2 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
•2 teaspoons baking powder
•1/2 teaspoon baking soda
•1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
For the streusel:
•1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
•1/2 cup all-purpose flour
•1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
•1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
•3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
•3/4 cup chopped walnuts, optional
For the glaze:
•1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
•2 tablespoons real maple syrup
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan.
Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment for 4 to 5 minutes, until light. Add the eggs 1 at a time, then add the vanilla and sour cream. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture to the batter until just combined. Finish stirring with a spatula to be sure the batter is completely mixed.
For the streusel, place the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and butter in a bowl and pinch together with your fingers until it forms a crumble. Mix in the walnuts, if desired.
Spoon half the batter into the pan and spread it out with a knife. Sprinkle with 3/4 cup streusel. Spoon the rest of the batter in the pan, spread it out, and scatter the remaining streusel on top. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean.
Let cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes. Carefully transfer the cake, streusel side up, onto a serving plate. Whisk the confectioners' sugar and maple syrup together, adding a few drops of water if necessary, to make the glaze runny. Drizzle as much as you like over the cake with a fork or spoon.
•Good olive oil
•2 cups (1/2-inch diced) bread from a French boule, crusts removed
•16 plum tomatoes, cut 1/2-inch dice (about 2 1/2 pounds)
•1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
•2 tablespoons sugar
•2 teaspoons kosher salt
•1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
•1/2 cup julienned basil leaves, lightly packed
•1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large (12 inch) saute pan over medium heat. Add the bread cubes and stir to coat with the oil. Cook over medium to medium-high heat for 5 minutes, stirring often, until the cubes are evenly browned.
Meanwhile, combine the tomatoes, garlic, sugar, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. When the bread cubes are done, add the tomato mixture and continue to cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes. Off the heat, stir in the basil.
Pour the tomato mixture into a shallow (6 to 8 cup) baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with the Parmesan cheese and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until the top is browned and the tomatoes are bubbly. Serve hot or warm.