Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Quick Coffee Cake (with no added sugar)

The other day I had a friend over for coffee. She has three kids, the youngest only an infant, so I wanted to bake a nice treat, but something I could eat as well. (I can't figure out if that's wrong of me or not.) I hit upon this coffee cake sweetened with a minimal bit of honey, and adorned with dates and almonds with a hint of maple syrup. I'm in love with it. 

I recently decided to mainly not include recipes in my blog, but sometimes there are recipes that I just have to share. This is one of them. My friend liked it, too, but I wonder if she was just being kind. If you make this, please let me know how it goes!

Quick Coffee Cake (sweetened with honey, dates and maple sugar)

1.5 cups of all purpose flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
pinch of salt
1 cup of créme frâiche (you may use sour cream instead, or Greek yogurt)
2 eggs
1/4 cup honey

Streusel Topping:
6 - 8 Medjool dates
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/4 cup oat bran
1 tablespoon of maple syrup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 10-inch spring form pan.

Mix the dry ingredients. In a separate large bowl beat the créme frâiche with the eggs. Then add the honey and whisk well. Add the dry mixture to the wet and incorporate well. To make the streusel topping, just add all ingredients in the food processor and whiz it up until it's a crumbly mixture. Pour the batter in the pan, smooth it out, and crumble the streusel over the top. Bake for about 30 minutes until the batter peeking through is golden, and a toothpick comes out clean.

You can see that this is a light and bubbly cake. It does not keep well, so eat it quickly!


  1. I totally don't think there's anything wrong with making something you could eat as well. Personally, I would find it awkward to be served something my hostess could not eat! The cake sounds delicious and I do hope to try the recipe. It will be lovely to take to work with me and much quicker than the apple cobbler I made this morning.

    1. Oh, good, that's what I thought, but when I wrote it down I suddenly thought: gosh, maybe I'm being selfish? Oh, apple cobbler...I'm making cobbler when January is over!

  2. this looks delicious, wish i was a baker, better still a baker's assistent. i could help this way, having the cake and eating it too.