Phyllis’s Coffee Cake


Food is nostalgic.  There are special foods that we grew up with that may bring us back to being a certain age, remind us of certain traditions and evoke memories of the past.  Since it is Thanksgiving week, I made my mother-in-law’s coffee cake recipe. She always made it on holidays.

My husband grew up eating this coffee cake that his mother made. He loved the smell that permeated the house and eating the extra chocolate chips. At my wedding shower I received a book of recipes shared by my guests. (This truly priceless gift was put together by my sister; twelve years later I still love looking at all those recipes.) My mother-in-law gave me her coffee cake recipe.  She called it a Jewish coffee cake. I read many Jewish coffee cake recipes and they were all different than this.  I am renaming it Phyllis’s Coffee Cake. She is no longer with us, but I have the recipe card, hand written by her.

Phyllis’s Coffee Cake

2 sticks butter
3/4 cup sugar
3 eggs
3 cups sifted flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pint sour cream

1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 ounces chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat over to 350 degrees and grease and flour a Bundt pan.

Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Cream butter and sugar and add eggs one at a time, beating well. Beat in flour mixture. Add sour cream and beat until just mixed. Mix sugar, chocolate chips and walnuts in small bowl. Pour half of the batter into the Bundt pan and cover with half of the topping. Spread the rest of the batter into the pan and cover with the remaining topping. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until a knife comes out clean.

This is a very heavy batter. I actually broke the handle on my wooden spatula. I used about 3/4 of the topping in the middle of it and the rest on top. I threw a few more chocolate chips on top. Feel free to add extra chocolate.  I accidently used a spring form pan, but I recommend you use a Bundt pan.

The cake itself is not an extremely sweet cake, but the cake in combination with the chocolate, sugar, cinnamon and walnuts is delicious, especially with coffee.


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