On a recent weekend visiting my parents, my son was inspired to bake. Our first opportunity was Sunday morning, so I decided to steer him towards a simple coffee cake using staple ingredients that my parents already had in one of their three pantries.
The recipe below comes from Vickie Klimitchek, the mother of one of my aunts. Mrs. Klimitchek passed away in 2012 and left quite a few poeple inspired in the kitchen, especially to bake. Her grandson, my cousin Ryan, has proudly mastered her kolaches recipe. And I'm fond of this coffee cake recipe. My parents had it written in their family write-your-own-recipes-down cookbook. It's quick to put together and quick to bake and delicious on a chilly, windy Sunday morning. Some topping stays on top, some sinks down into sticky, sugary, buttery veins of deliciousness.
Mrs. Klimitchek's granddaughter my cousin Ashley, shared these recollections about the coffee cake... "I loved the moist cake and the posipka was always my favorite. I remember it being sort of a staple for hospitality for Vickie and her sisters. I seem to recall her sister Maggie (lived in Victoria) usually had this on hand for visitors for afternoon coffee. My Grandma Vickie would make it when we would visit for the weekend (going back and forth between Goliad and Hallettsville) and serve it for breakfast or even take it to baby/bridal showers. All of her Vanek sisters would refer to this cake as if it was known by all of them. There was Marie, Vickie, Maggie, Frances, and Katherine (deceased before I was born. ) I do recall all chit-chatting when planning what they might bring to an event and it was common recipe understanding when they'd toss around the idea of "coffee cake". Not sure if that was a time period type thing or a family/cultural influence. "
For the cake:
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter at room temperature
1 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
Preheat your over to 375 degrees. Combine and mix flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Then add milk and egg. When blended, add the flour mixture and blend again.
For the topping:
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
3 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup chopped pecans
Mix all ingredients together and microwave about 45 seconds, just until mushy.
Grease and flour a 9"x9" glass baking dish. Pour it the cake batter. Spread (or evenly distribute as best you can) the topping over the batter. Bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
I offer this information about Vickie Klimitchek from her obituary...
|My cousin Ashley and her grandmother, Vickie, |
in the kitchen.