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I am a retired nurse and currently enjoying being a stay-at-home Mom and Wife.  I am the blessed mother of two and the proud grandmother of two. Cooking for me has always been a Love/Hate relationship.  I used to HATE to cook and anything to do with the kitchen yet I LOVED to eat good food.  A few years ago I got hooked on the Food Network channel.  The only thing that was wrong with that was, that I'd see all this amazing food and I can't cook like that.  My repertoire consisted of stuff like Sloppy Joe's and Hamburger Helper.  Well, one day, I had a crazy moment and decided I'd try one of the easy recipes from that Southern Queen of the kitchen, Paula Deen.  Now, to be honest, my first few forays into the unexplored territory of completely homemade recipes didn't always turn out as planned but most of them tasted pretty good.  As time went on, I got a little braver and started tweaking recipes to make them my own.  Sometimes they turned out beautifully and well, sometimes they didn't.  Sometimes I just had to shake my head and laugh...it was either that or cry (as a nurse, I can attest to the fact that laughter is the best medicine.)  Anyway, my Momma didn't raise a quitter so I keep trying and I even amaze myself sometimes when whatever I've cooked comes out amazing (like my Skillet Apple Pie).  Since my kitchen is not like the Food Network where you can have multiple "do overs" (and yours probably isn't either) I decided to share the fun on this blog.  I hope you enjoy sharing the journey with me, in the beauties that turn out, the blunders that don't and the bloopers that are just funny.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Cinnabon Coffee Cake

Do you ever have days that you just want to eat something that is so yummy and good but you know you probably shouldn't?  I do, in fact I probably have more of those days than any other kind.  Unfortunately, I am not blessed with the metabolism of a skinny person.  I wish I was the type of person that craved healthy, low-fat dishes but alas, that was not to be.  So, I indulge occasionally, probably more often than I should but not nearly as often as I want to, in the decadent and delicious.  This coffee cake is a winner for two reasons.  The first reason is that it's easy (I don't do difficult) and the second and most important reason is that it's like sin on a  plate.  You know you shouldn't but the temptation is just too strong to resist.  The recipe is easily doubled for a larger crowd and is a definite crowd pleaser.  This is amazing warm out of the oven but can be reheated in the microwave too.    Hope you enjoy!

Until next time, enjoy the beauty around and laugh at the blunders, life is much more enjoyable that way :)

Cinnabon Coffee Cake
Ingredients for Cake
*1 ½  cups self-rising flour (see note if you only have all-purpose flour)
*if you have all-purpose flour, then add 1/8 teaspoon salt and 2 teaspoons baking powder
½  cup sugar
¾  cup milk
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 Tablespoons butter, melted

Cinnamon topping
 1 stick room temperature butter
½  cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon flour
½  teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup pecans (optional)

1 cup powdered sugar
3 Tablespoons milk
1 tsp vanilla

Cake:   With an electric mixer or stand-up mixer, mix flour, sugar, milk, eggs, and vanilla. Once combined well, slowly stir in 2 T melted butter.   Pour batter into a greased 8 x 8 baking pan.  
ToppingIn a large bowl, mix the 2 sticks of softened butter, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and pecans (optional) until well combined.  Drop evenly over cake batter by the tablespoon and use a knife to marble/swirl through the cake. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 35-45 minutes or until toothpick comes out nearly clean from center.
Glaze:  Place powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla in a large bowl.  Whisk until smooth.  *If too thick, add a couple of drops of milk at a time to get glaze thin enough to pour.  Drizzle over warm cake.  Serve warm or at room temperature.