I like the way coffee cake practically sings, “Good morning!” bursting through the gloom like Fred Astaire in tap shoes. I love the way the kitchen feels warmer and the kids perk up and dig in hungrily. What are quick breads, like coffee cake, if not cozy?
Coffee cake is the best way to start your day. Well, other than slices of homemade bread or a lemon Bundt cake from the night before (I love bread, what can I say?). Best of all: You can use your stand mixer with this coffee cake recipe.
This recipe for Peanut Butter Streusel-Topped Coffee Cake hails from the cookbook Stay for Supper by the Editors of Country Home magazine. I’m not sure if I’ve flipped through pages of Country Home magazine or not. “The name isn’t ringing any bells,” as my mom would say. But, based on the recipes inside this book, I wouldn’t mind getting acquainted with it, if they still include recipes. Also, assume every link is an affiliate link (I get a small commission if you make a purchase using a link, at NO extra cost to you).
Stay for Supper by the Editors of Country Home
“Not only is it loaded with great, down-home recipes and old-fashioned illustrations, it’s been designed to help you re-create the good times, the simple times, when some of the friendliest words were “Stay for supper,” read the introduction. Doesn’t that sound welcoming and neighborly? At 240 pages, Stay for Supper has a nice weight. The size of the book is Goldilocks approved—it’s just right. You can lay it open and it won’t slam shut again. It is a cookable book.
Chapters include: Round ‘Em Up (Special Recipe Collection: Sunday Dinner and Texas Barbecue, From Sea to Shining Sea, Feat on Fowl; Special Recipe Collection: Country Christmas Dinner, Kettles of Soups and Stews, Breakfast on the Farm, Our Daily Bread, Gardener’s Pride: Special Recipe Collection: Family Reunions, The Fruit Cellar, and Country Endings: Special Recipe Collection: Take Me to the Fair and A Southern Tea Table.
Each recipe in Stay for Supper receives its own full page, with 225 recipes from the traditional to the regional. Side bar callouts may include an illustration, a suggestion, or a brief tidbit or fact. There are a few images, and what you will find are nice, especially given the age of the book (1993).
Digging into Stay for Supper
Did you notice the “Special Recipe Collection” within a few of the book’s chapters? The six special sections are: Sunday Dinner, Texas Barbecue, Country Christmas Dinner, Family Reunions, Take Me to the Fair, and a Southern Tea Table. The layout of these sections are each their own section within the chapter. Let me back that up a second. The “Round ‘Em Up” chapter begins with an intro and a full-page color image. Then, the recipes. Maple-Glazed Pot Roast, Mustard-Glazed New England Boiled Dinner, Beef Tenderloins with Peppercorns, Chicken-Fried Steak with Gravy, and still more.
The “Special Recipe Collection” appears at the end of the chapter as it’s own section, with an intro and full-page color image. It also includes a menu. So, too, does the next “Special Recipe Collection.” This time, it’s labeled “Texas Barbecue,” with the same styling as the previous “collection.” Texas includes: Nectarine Sunrise (beverage), Texas-Style Beef Brisket, Sweet Pepper Slaw, Southwestern Style Three-Bean Salad, Corn on the Cob with Pepper Butter, and Peach-Berry Pie.
Each of the pages in the “Special Recipe Collection” are set off by a pale yellow and white marbled page border. That’s all of the “special” pages, including the intro and image page, so it is easier to flip to a special section (but I’d still recommend writing in your cookbooks and marking the page with a Post-It).
Recipe for Peanut Butter Coffee Cake with Streusel Topping
As recipes go, this is simple. I’ve made it while half asleep, while in a rush, just after moving, and for absolutely zero reason at all. I do use a 9″ pan, instead of an 8″ pan, as that is what I have. It turns out just fine, though flatter (of course). I like to throw toffee pieces over the top along with the chocolate chips (You know them as the Heath brand). I try to keep the proportion similar. It’s a lip-smacking complement.
My advice? Grease the pan, then make the streusel topping, and then get the batter completed. Unlike some recipes, the batter is so fast to put together, you don’t have time while messing with the batter to make the streusel. Why is it so fast? Well, the batter is combined by use of THE STAND MIXER. You’ll add the flour and milk in parts. What a wonderful thing!
Peanut Butter Streusel Coffee Cake
- 1 8 x 8 x 2 pan (I use a 9" just fine)
- Stand Mixer
Peanut Butter Streusel Topping
- 1/4 Cup Flour
- 1/4 Cup Light Brown Sugar Packed
- 2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter
- 1 Tablespoon Butter
- 1/4 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips (I typically use regular-sized chips)
- 2 Tablespoons Butter
- 1/4 Cup Peanut Butter
- 1 Cup Flour
- 1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar Packed
- 1/2 Cup Milk
- 1 Large Egg
- 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt
- 1/4 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips (here, too, I use regular-sized chips usually)
- Heat oven to 375*.
- Grease an 8 x8 8x 2 pan with Baker's Joy or Pam for Baking with Flour and set aside.
For the Topping
- Combine the first four topping ingredients with a pastry blender or a spoon in a small bowl.
- Stir in the 1/4 of Chocolate Chips. Set aside.
For the Coffee Cake
- Add the Peanut Butter and the Butter to the bowl of an electric stand mixer and combine for 30 seconds.
- Pour in about half of the 1 Cup of Flour, all the Brown Sugar, half of the Milk, the Egg, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, and the Salt. Mix until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl on occasion.
- Add in the rest of the Flour and the Milk. Beat until JUST combined and then STOP. Do NOT keep beating this to death.
- Stir in the Chocolate Chips by hand. It is so easy to go from "not combined" to "mixed within an inch of its life" when you use a stand mixer.
- Pour the batter into the greased pan and spread it around the best you can. Top with the, uh, topping.
- Bake 375* for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick near the center comes out clean.
- Cool on a wire cooling rack for 15 minutes to set. Serve warm.
If you have any stand mixer-friendly homemade coffee cake recipes, I sure would love to check them out. Please, leave a comment below or send an email.
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