Mixed Bag Mondays: Exploring Cookbooks and Variations

While on the internet I see lots of yummy recipes from cookbooks. For whatever reason, I used to rely more on reviews and finding some recipes online, then testing them before deciding to get a book. Recently I realized that I could get the books from the library and test them that way before deciding if I wanted to buy them. It might be that before I could never find the books I wanted and decided the library wasn’t the right place for me to test out cookbooks, but at my current library I can get them. Some of them I can even get online which is nice to pull up on my laptop or phone in the kitchen.

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Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

Is there enough in that title to keep you interested? My dad seems to be a big fan of desserts with “coffee cake” in the title, since he requested the other coffee cake I made, and also this one. When we came up for his list of dessert requests for this year, he added this to the list because my mom used to make it. It was one of the recipes we found in one of her many folders. We are not sure if this is the same one that she made, or what changes she might have done, but it seemed rather close to what we remember. Regardless, he was pleased with how it turned out. He even described it as “pretty”! There is room for changes if you prefer your cake to have fewer mix-ins, or if you like different nuts. Overall, it was a pretty simple cake to make and not hard to whip up. The end result is satisfying and it certainly makes for a heavy package (thank goodness for flat rate boxes at the post office!).

I did not get to have any of the cake because, well, that would have been rude to ship a partially eaten cake. My dad said it has a nice texture, so maybe I will make it for K and me sometime. My mom used to make lots of coffee cakes, and they were always different. Some had swirls inside (loved those), and some were more like the store-bought kind. This one almost belongs in its own category because it is so different looking. What kind of coffee cake do you like?

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Crumb Cake aka Coffee Cake (New York/Entenmann’s Style)

Whatever you call it, you have to call it delicious. This is one of those cakes that you make the exception for and buy at the store. You see those little sugary balls on top and visualize the fluffy vanilla cake underneath…and then the store has the nerve to put it on sale??? How can you resist the Entenmann’s crumb cake, especially their ultimate version? Well, the way you resist it is by making your own and realizing that it can taste better (fresher) and healthier (well, maybe not, but as least the ingredients are all easy to pronounce!).

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