So, I broke down and bought the basics: flour, baking soda, etc...The first thing that she wanted to bake was coffee cake. Several weeks ago, I caved and bought a slice of reduce fat coffee cake at Starbucks after a very early start to the airport. I am now the best and worst mother, ever. Ever.
No, no. Not because I let her eat it. Because I have no intention of ever buying it again. See: best mom for indulging her and worst mom because "every other six year old eats sweets"
Ah...peer pressure. Well she can take that peer pressure and store it away with everything else she feels toward me because I am not buying it again.
Back to the coffee cake. I decided on a simple coffee cake that is eggless and dairy-free. It isn't vegan because I used sugar, but everything else is as healthy as possible...but let's be honest with each other...most baked goods fall out of that category. I did use bananas, though, so I win.
For the cake:
- 2 cups flour
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup soy milk
For the streusel:
- 3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
- 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×13 baking dish with aluminum foil and butter it up, set aside.
- In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
- With a fork, mash bananas. Mix in butter until combined and then mix in sugar, applesauce, milk, and vanilla. Slowly and carefully add flour and mix until just combined.
- Prepare the streusel by mixing all the ingredients in a medium bowl, cut the butter in with a pastry cutter until a coarse crumb forms.
- Pour 1/2 of the batter into the prepared pan. Top with 1/3 of the crumb mixture. Cover the filling with the remaining batter and top with remaining crumb mixture. Bake for 50-55 minutes until the center is set and a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for at least 1 hour. Or dig in and burn your mouth.