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Brown Butter Cherry Coffee Cake

Brown Butter Cherry Coffee Cake


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Ingredients

Cherry Sauce

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh Bing cherries, pitted
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1 Tbsp water

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 350°F and spray an 8-inch square baking pan with nonstick spray; dust lightly with flour.
  2. For the cherry sauce, combine cherries, sugar, cornstarch, salt, almond extract, and water in a saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until cherries begin to soften, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to low and simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes Pour into a glass bowl and let cool to room temperature. Chill until ready to use.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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).
  6. Spoon batter into prepared pan and smooth with an offset spatula. Tap sharply to reduce air bubbles. Spoon cherry sauce over cake batter into an even layer. Sprinkle evenly with chilled streusel.
  7. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until coffee cake is golden, springs back to the touch, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (start testing after 45 minutes, especially if using jam instead of cherry sauce). Cool in pan on a wire rack for at least 1 hour before serving.


Notes

1/2 cup cherry jam or preserves may be substituted for the cherry sauce.

Keywords: Brown Butter, Cherry, Streusel, Coffee Cake

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