brown butter cinnamon streusel coffee cake

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Happy Monday! We’re kicking off the new week with the best ever brown butter cinnamon streusel coffee cake!

Brown Butter Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Golden, fluffy, and oh so buttery, this is my idea of coffee cake perfection. Featuring a brown butter cinnamon streusel ribbon and topping, this coffee cake is a dream for weekend brunch (and happens to be the perfect anytime snack with your favorite coffee!).

Brown Butter Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Served up warm and dusted with powdered sugar, you’ll love how effortlessly this recipe comes together. If you like, make the brown butter streusel a day in advance (store tightly covered in the refrigerator overnight), and you’ll be one step ahead on baking day.

Brown Butter Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

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Brown Butter Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Brown Butter Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

  • Author: Laura Tutti Dolci
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 9 servings

Description

The BEST ever brown butter cinnamon streusel coffee cake!


Ingredients

Streusel

  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp ice water

Cake

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup low-fat buttermilk, at room temperature

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350Β°F and spray an 8-inch square baking pan with nonstick spray; dust lightly with flour.
  2. For the streusel, cook butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until it foams, turns clear, and then turns a medium brown, about 5 minutes. Pour browned butter into a glass measuring cup and let cool for 5 minutes.
  3. Whisk together flour, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl. Add cooled butter and mix in with a fork until completely incorporated. Add ice water and mix in until streusel is crumbly. Chill until ready to use.
  4. For the cake, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter, sugar, and vanilla in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg and yolk one at a time and beat well. Combine yogurt and buttermilk in a small bowl. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture in three additions, alternating with yogurt mixture (begin and end with flour mixture).
  5. Spoon half the batter into prepared pan, and smooth with an offset spatula. Tap sharply to reduce air bubbles. Sprinkle 1/2 cup chilled streusel over the cake batter. Spoon remaining cake batter over the streusel, gently smoothing with offset spatula into an even layer. Tap pan sharply, and sprinkle with remaining streusel.
  6. Bake for 40 to 44 minutes, until coffee cake is golden, springs back to the touch, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for at least 1 hour before serving.

Keywords: Brown Butter, Cinnamon, Streusel, Coffee Cake, Breakfast

Brown Butter Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

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19 comments
  1. I love coffee cake and the addition of brown butter to the streusel just takes this recipe over the top. I had a hard time both waiting for the coffee cake to cool before slicing and then sharing it :-). Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Hi Maria, this should freeze well. Let it cool completely, then wrap well and freeze. Thaw the coffee cake (while still wrapped) and then warm for 10-15 minutes before serving. Hope that helps! πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Ellen, the baking time should be about the same in a 9 x 13-inch pan baked at 350Β°F. Just keep an eye on it and start testing for doneness around 36-40 minutes. Happy baking!

  2. Made on a Sunday morning, my family woke to the fragrant baked aroma of sweet cinnamon, this delicious coffee cake was easy to make & perfect with a cup of hot coffee, thanks for sharing this recipe.

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